Georgia Superior Court, Chatham County letter
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Georgia Superior Court, Chatham County letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia. Superior Court (Chatham County)
Title: Georgia Superior Court, Chatham County letter
Dates: 1895
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0138

Biographical/Historical Note

For several decades after the American Revolution (1775-1783), Georgia was the only state that did not have a supreme court to review the decisions made by the trial courts. Until then, the courts were divided regionally. The Supreme Court was not established until 1845. George Walton (c.1749-1804) served in many political roles in Georgia during and after the Revolutionary War. He was elected to the Provincial Congress and a delegate to the Second Continental Congress in 1776 where he was one of three Georgians to sign the Declaration of Independence. After the Revolution, he served as Chief Justice of Georgia, 1783-1786, as Governor in 1789 and later as a U.S. Senator and justice of the state supreme court.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of an eight page, unsigned letter to the Chatham County Superior Court Grand Jury, dated March 1895. The letter discusses the Grand Jury's service over the past year and has quotes from presentments for the December 1893 term, the March 1894 term, and the June 1894 term. Topics include drainage, public roads and bridges, the county map, public works, and the convict camp.

Index Terms

Bridges--Georgia--Chatham County.
Chatham County (Ga.)
Drainage--Georgia--Chatham County.
Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Georgia. Superior Court (Chatham County)
Jails--Georgia--Chatham County.
Letters (correspondence)
Public works--Georgia--Chatham County.
Roads--Georgia--Chatham County.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Georgia Superior Court, Chatham County letter, MS 138, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


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