Few, William, 1748-1828

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William Few was a Georgia planter and Georgia delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Congress, 1787 and U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1789-1793. In 1799 he moved to Manhattan. He then served in the New York Assembly and was a federal commissioner of loans for a year.

From the description of [Letter and document] / Wm Few. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 191100959

William Few (1748-1828) was a member of the General Assembly of Georgia and the Executive Council during the Revolutionary period. He was a delegate to the Continental and Constitutional Congresses and a signer of the U.S. Constitution. He was also a U.s. Senator from Georgia and a Judge of the 2nd Judicial Circuit. In 1799 he moved to New York City where he served in the New York General Assembly, as a New York City Alderman and a Bank President.

From the description of William Few letter, 1803. (Georgia Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 77515097

Few was a signer of the Constitution from Georgia.

From the description of LS, 1814 April 19 : to Loan Office, New York. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 13708317

William Few was an American Revolutionary War figure, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, and one of Georgia's first U.S. Senators. In 1799 Few moved to New York City where he culminated his career as president of City Bank. His daughter, Mary Few, was the intimate friend of Mary Telfair (1791-1875), daughter of Edward Telfair (1735-1807), member of the Continental Congress and governor of Georgia. Mary Telfair lived her entire life in Savannah, Chatham Co., GA, although she traveled extensively on the East Coast (including New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maryland, and South Carolina) and at least once to England. She frequently visited the Georgia counties of Burke, Madison, and Jefferson. Mary was also extremely well-read and highly self-educated. The last surviving member of the Telfair family, Mary left her estate to establish the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences in Savannah.

From the description of William Few collection, 1802-1869 (bulk 1810-1840). (Georgia Department of Archives and History Library). WorldCat record id: 145567744

Few, a signer of the Constitution, served with Houstoun in the Continental Congress and as agents for Georgia. Jay was then Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

From the description of DS, 1786 September 20 : from the Delegates of Georgia to Honorable John Jay. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 13725397

Statesman, Revolutionary soldier, and banker, of Georgia and New York.

From the description of Papers, 1779-1809. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 20769647

Signer of the Constitution, member of the Continental Congress.

From the description of Autograph signature to a reciept : Bank of the United States, 1793. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270535186

From the description of Autograph signature to reciept : New York, 1806 May 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270535677

U.S. Army officer, banker, Indian commissioner, jurist, public official of New York, and senator and delegate of the Continental Congress of Georgia.

From the description of William Few letter, no year January 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79453582

William Few (1748-1828), politician and lawyer, was born in Baltimore County, Maryland to William Few and Mary Wheeler. At age 10 his family moved to North Carolina and later to Georgia. Few served in numerous political positions including delegate to the Constitutional Convention (1787), surveyor general of Georgia, Judge of Richmond County (Ga.), and U.S. Senator (1789-1793). In 1788 he married Catherine Nicholson (1764-1854?) fo New York, daughter of Commodore James Nicholson. Their children were Frances (1789-1885), Mary (1790-1872), Matilda (1794-1878), and Albert (d. 1810). in 1799 William Few's health declined and he decided to move his family to New York for a visit. But they remained in New York where he continued his career in politics and commerce, serving as state prison inspector and bank president. In 1803 Few returned to Georgia for the last time to dispose of his plantation (Hesperia) near Augusta, Georgia.

Joseph Hopper Nicholson was a member of the Maryland House and U.S. House, Chief Justice of sixth judicial district of Maryland, and Associate Justice of Maryland Court of Appeals.

From the description of William and Catharine Nicholson Few papers, 1782-1844. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 438877766

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Dearborn, Henry, 1751-1829. Letter to William Few, encl. a resolution of Congress [manuscript] 1806 May 21. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Nicholson family. Nicholson family papers, 1759-1846. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Jackson, James, 1757-1806. Papers, 1775-1843. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Few, William, 1748-1828. William Few letter, no year January 23. Library of Congress
creatorOf Few, William, 1748-1828. DS, 1786 September 20 : from the Delegates of Georgia to Honorable John Jay. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous documents on American history, 1681-1921, 1681-1921 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Baldwin, Abraham, 1754-1807. Abraham Baldwin papers, circa 1770-1808. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
creatorOf Few, William, 1748-1828. Autograph signature to reciept : New York, 1806 May 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Few, William, 1748-1828. Autograph signature to a reciept : Bank of the United States, 1793. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Correspondence regarding horticulture, and especially, gardening at Monticello [manuscript] 1796-1824. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Few, William, 1748-1828. William and Catharine Nicholson Few papers, 1782-1844. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Few, Ignatius, ca. 1750-1810. Ignatius Few deed. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Autograph File, F, 1447-1994. Houghton Library.
referencedIn War of 1812 mss., 1776-1879 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Few, William, 1748-1828. [Letter and document] / Wm Few. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Few, William, 1748-1828. LS, 1814 April 19 : to Loan Office, New York. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Georgia. Superior Court. Georgia Superior Court Judicial Circuit Judges proceeding, 1797. Georgia Historical Society
creatorOf Few, William, 1748-1828. William Few letter, 1803. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Senate. 1789 - 2015. Credentials. 1789 - 1998. Credentials of Senator William Few from Georgia
creatorOf Few, William, 1748-1828. William Few collection, 1802-1869 (bulk 1810-1840). Georgia Department of Archives and History Library
creatorOf Few, William, 1748-1828. Autograph letter signed : Augusta, to Samuel Elbert, 1785 Oct. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Few, William, 1748-1828. Papers, 1779-1809. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Few, William, 1748-1828. Autograph letter signed : to Edward Telfair, 1805 Feb. 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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correspondedWith Baldwin, Abraham, 1754-1807. person
associatedWith Bowen, Ephraim, 1753-1841, person
associatedWith Chrystie, Albert. person
associatedWith Chrystie, Frances Few, 1789-1885. person
associatedWith Chrystie, John. person
associatedWith Clinton, George, 1739-1812. person
associatedWith Dawes, Elizabeth F., collector. person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Dearborn, Henry, 1751-1829. person
associatedWith Elbert, Samuel, 1740-1788, person
associatedWith Erskine, David Montagu, 1776-1855. person
associatedWith Few, Benjamin. person
correspondedWith Few, Catherine Nicholson, 1764-1854? person
associatedWith Few, Ignatius. person
associatedWith Few, Ignatius, ca. 1750-1810. person
associatedWith Few, Mary, 1790-1872. person
associatedWith Georgia. Militia. corporateBody
associatedWith Georgia. Superior Court. corporateBody
associatedWith Houstoun, William, 1755-1813. person
associatedWith Jackson, James, 1757-1806. person
associatedWith Jay, John, 1745-1829. person
associatedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. person
associatedWith Madison, James, 1751-1836. person
associatedWith Nicholson family. family
correspondedWith Nicholson, Joseph Hopper, 1770-1817 person
associatedWith Pulaski (Steam packet) corporateBody
associatedWith Smith, Robert, 1757-1842. person
associatedWith Telfair, Edward, ca. 1735-1807, person
associatedWith Telfair, Mary, 1791-1875. person
associatedWith Tillotson, Matilda Few, 1794-1878. person
associatedWith Turreau de Garambouville, Louis-Marie, baron, 1756-1816. person
associatedWith Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825. person
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Georgia
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Savannah (Ga.)
Burke County (Ga.)
Maryland
Fort McHenry (Baltimore, Md.)
Georgia
New York (State)
Massachusetts
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Chatham County (Ga.)
Jefferson County (Ga.)
Pennsylvania
New Hampshire
Georgia
United States
South Carolina
Rhode Island
Maryland
United States
Connecticut
Madison County (Ga.)
Washington (D.C.)
England
New York (State)
New York (N.Y.)
United States
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Seminole War, 2nd, 1835-1842
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Birth 1748-06-08

Death 1828-06-16

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