William Few Jr. (1748-1828)
Patriot, legislator, pioneer, and financier, William Few Jr. was born in Maryland in 1748, to Mary Wheeler and William Few Sr.
In 1786 Few was appointed to Congress by the state legislature; the next year he represented Georgia in the constitutional convention in Philadelphia that drafted the U.S. Constitution. His signature is on that document, along with that of Abraham Baldwin. He later served four years as a U.S. senator, one term as a state representative, and three years as judge of the Second Judicial District in Georgia. He was an outspoken opponent of the infamous Yazoo land fraud, though his political enemies tried to implicate him in this scam.
In 1799 he moved to New York City, where he served as a member of the New York legislature for four years. He became an officer in the Manhattan Bank and president of City Bank. He and his wife, Catherine Nicholson, had three daughters. Few died on July 16, 1828. During the nation's Bicentennial in 1976, his remains were moved from New York to St. Paul's Cemetery in Augusta.
Charles C. Jones Jr., "William Few, Lieutenant-Colonel Georgia Militia in the Revolutionary Service," [with an] "Autobiography of Colonel Few of Georgia," Magazine of American History, November 1881, 340-58.
Gerald J. Smith, To Seek a Newer World: A History of Columbia County, Georgia (Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Southern Heritage Press, 2001).
Gerald J. Smith Sr., Evans
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