Wright, James, Sir, 1716-1785

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British royal governor of Georgia (1760-1776, 1779-1782) who returned to England after the Revolution.

From the description of Sir James Wright correspondence, 1784 September 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70983534

British royal governor of Georgia (1760-1776, 1779-1782), who returned to England after the Revolution.

From the description of Papers, 1784. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 34149569

Sir James Wright (1716-1785) was a lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina, attorney-general of South Carolina, and agent of the colony of South Carolina in England. He became lieutenant-governor of Georgia, then royal governor of Georgia from 1761-1782, except for a period from December 1778-July 1779. Wright left Georgia and returned to England in July of 1782. In 1783 he became head of the board of agents which prosecuted claims of American loyalists for compensation for their property which had been confiscated during the Revolutionary War.

From the description of James Wright papers, 1772-1784. (Georgia Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 77006967

Royal governor of Georgia.

From the description of Papers, 1756-1781. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 20504941

John Francis Triboudet received several grants of land in the Newington, Georgia, area, 1755-1762.

From the description of John Francis Triboudet land grant, 1762. (Georgia Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 144570321

Charles Garth (ca.1734-1784) was born to Rebecca Brompton and John Garth, in Devizes, England. He was educated at Merton College, Oxford, and was called into the bar at Inner Temple in 1758. Garth was the British agent for South Carolina (1762-1766) and also briefly represented Georgia (1765) and Maryland (1767). During his time as parliamentary agent, Garth argued, on behalf of the colony, for broader trading freedoms (specifically for exporting rice), for greater control over domestic paper currency, and against the Stamp Act and the Sugar Act. Garth succeeded his father as M.P. for Devizes and was elected to parliament in 1768, 1774, and 1780, though he left parliament to become the HM Commissioner for Excise shortly after the 1780 election. Garth married Francis "Fanny" Cooper of Cumberwell in 1764. They had at least one child named Thomas, who joined the Royal Navy. Charles Garth died in Walthamstow, England, in 1784.

Sir James Wright (1716-1785) was born in London, England, to Robert Wright and Isabella Pitts. His family moved to Charlestown, South Carolina, in 1730, where Wright studied law. In 1739, Wright became the colony's attorney-general. In 1757, he was sent to London to serve as South Carolina's agent to parliament, a position he held until 1760, at which time he replaced Henry Ellis as lieutenant-governor of Georgia. He became governor of Georgia in 1761, and served in that position for 21 years. During the Revolutionary War, Wright was forced to return to England. He died in London in 1785.

From the guide to the Charles Garth letterbook, Garth, Charles letterbook, 1758-1760, 1762-1766, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

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creatorOf Wright, James, Sir, 1716-1785. Papers, 1784. Library of Congress
referencedIn William Henry Lyttelton papers, Lyttelton, William Henry, papers, 1730-1806, 1755-1761 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Gage, Thomas, 1721-1787. Letter, 1775. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Gage, Thomas, 1721-1787. Thomas Gage papers, 1754-1807, bulk 1759-1775. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Wright, James, Sir, 1716-1785. Answer to the Lords of the Committee for Trade, 1762 Feb. 15. Georgia Newspaper Project
creatorOf Wright, James, Sir, 1716-1785. Papers, 1756-1781. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Read, Keith M., 1880-1940,. Keith M. Read collection, 1732-1905. Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Waring, Charles Ellis, 1900-1973. Charles Ellis and Elizabeth Stewart Waring papers, 1730-1975. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Jackson, Henry Rootes, 1820-1898. Henry Rootes Jackson papers, 1848-1890. Georgia Historical Society
creatorOf Wright, Elizur, 1804-1885,. Letters, 1822-1843 / [compiled by] Elizur Wright, [Jr.]. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn William Petty, 1st Marquis of Lansdowne, 2nd Earl of Shelburne papers, Shelburne, William Petty, 1st Marquis of Lansdowne, 2nd Earl of, papers, 1665-1885 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn National Archives (Great Britain). Board of Trade and Secretaries of State, America and West Indies, Georgia colony correspondence and records, 1732-1781. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Henry Clinton papers, Clinton, Henry papers, 1736-1850 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Green, Thomas, d. ca. 1770. Thomas Green estate records, 1770. Georgia Historical Society
creatorOf Wright, James, Sir, 1716-1785. James Wright papers, 1772-1784. Georgia Historical Society
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. William Petty, 1st Marquis of Lansdowne, 2nd Earl of Shelburne papers, 1665-1885. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. William Henry Lyttelton papers, 1730-1806. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Zubly, John Joachim, 1724-1781. John Joachim Zubly manuscripts and letters, 1770-1781, 1853. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Stirk, Samuel, 1756-1793. Samuel Stirk deed and letter, 1783-1784. Georgia Historical Society
creatorOf Amherst, Jeffery Amherst, Baron, 1717-1797. Jeffery Amherst papers, 1758-1764. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Owens, George Welshman, 1786-1856. Owens and Thomas family papers, 1837-1954. Georgia Historical Society
creatorOf Charles Garth letterbook, Garth, Charles letterbook, 1758-1760, 1762-1766 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Scarborough (ship). H.M.S. Scarborough ships' log, 1775-1776. Georgia Historical Society
creatorOf Wright, James, Sir, 1716-1785. Sir James Wright correspondence, 1784 September 18. Library of Congress
referencedIn Wright, Alexander, 1751-1794. Alexander Wright affidavits and proclamations, 1782. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Thomas Gage papers, Gage, Thomas, papers, 1754-1807, 1759-1775 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Garth, Charles, ca. 1734-1784. Charles Garth letterbook, 1758-1760, 1762-1766. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Buckmaster, George. Account, 1769 July 16 : Newport, R.I. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Wright, James, 1716-1785. John Francis Triboudet land grant, 1762. Georgia Historical Society
creatorOf Wayne family. Anthony Wayne family papers, 1681-1913. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Jeffery Amherst papers, Amherst, Jeffery papers, 1758-1764 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Gwinnett, Button, ca. 1735-1777. Button Gwinnett letters and plat, 1767-1777. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Anthony Wayne family papers, Wayne, Anthony, family papers, 1681-1913 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Buckmaster, George. Account, 1769 July 16 : Newport, R.I. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Clinton, Henry, Sir, 1738?-1795. Henry Clinton papers, 1736-1850. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
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United States
Georgia
United States
Great Britain--Colonies--America
Newington (Ga.)
Great Britain
Great Britain
America
South Carolina
Great Britain
Georgia
Great Britain
Georgia
United States
Georgia
Subject
Murder
Real property
Cherokee Indians
Governor
Sugar--Taxation--Great Britain
Indians of North America--South Carolina
American loyalists
Revenue
Hides and skins
Indians of North America
Creek Indians
Slave trade
Finance, Public--Great Britain
Choctaw Indians
Indigo
Chickasaw Indians
Taxation--United States
Silk
Hemp
Rice trade--South Carolina--History
Tariff Great Britain
Probate law and practice
Right of property
Occupation
Governors--Georgia
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Birth 1716-05-08

Death 1785-11-20

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