Habersham Chapter Georgia Society
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Located in Habersham County, GA, north of Clarkesville on "Old Highway 441". This was the summer home of Joseph Habersham of Savannah (1751-1815), Georgia patriot, Revolutionary War hero and political leader. He was a Colonel in the Continental Army, a member of Continental Congress and the Georgia Convention that ratified the Constitution in 1788. Educated in Princeton, he returned to Georgia to aid in organizing the "Liberty Boys" as the Revolution approached. With other patriots, he organized the Council of Safety at Tondee's Tavern, June 27, 1775. On January 17, 1776, leading a small group, he captured and placed under guard Sir James Wright, British Colonial Governor. With Captain Brown, he commanded the first commissioned vessel of the Revolution. Twice Speaker of the General Assembly, in Georgia's first legislative body. In 1785, Joseph Habersham signed the first charter granted to a state university in America, that of the University of Georgia. He served as Postmaster General under President Washington, Adams and Jefferson. From 1802 until his death he was president of the Georgia branch of the Bank of the United States. Habersham County, created December 15, 1818, was named for Joseph Habersham. (Credit: All of this information was transcribed from the historical marker, 068-7, Georgia Historical Commission, 1958).
The Joseph Habersham Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, was chartered November 21, 1996, during the administration of GASSAR President, Dr. T. Fisher Craft. Former NSSAR President General Col. Robert B. Vance, Sr., and DAR members, Marilyn Vance and Rebecca Perry, were instrumental in organizational efforts. The Chapter was chartered in Habersham County, named after Colonel Joseph Habersham, whose summer house is located in Clarkesville, the County seat.
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