Richard Howly papers
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Richard Howly papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Howley, Richard, 1740-1784.
Title: Richard Howly papers
Dates: 1782-1784
Extent: (1 folder) 0.05 cubic feet
Identification: MS 0402
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard Howly (ca. 1740-1784) was a planter and a lawyer. He was elected as governor of Georgia on January 4, 1780, but left the position on February 18, 1780 to become a member of the Continental Congress, a position he held until 1781. Howly served as justice of the Georgia state supreme court, 1782-1783. His name is also commonly spelled "Howley."

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from Richard Howly to Nathanael Greene, a certification signed by Richard Howly, and an autograph clipped from an unidentifiable document.

Index Terms

Georgia--Politics and government.
Georgia. Governor.
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786.
Howley, Richard, 1740-1784.
Letters (correspondence)

Location of Originals

Certification original in the Georgia Archives.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Item 3 purchased from Benjamin's.

Preferred Citation

[item identification],Richard Howly papers, MS 402, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of David M. Sherman, 1970 (Item 1); A.A. Lawrence, 1953 (Item 2). Purchased, 1954 (Item 3).


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.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: From Richard Howly letter to Nathanael Greene. Savannah, Georgia, 1782 December 1 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding purchase made for Greene at the public sales.
Item 2: Certification. Savannah, Georgia, 1784 February 28 ( 1.0 p. )
Photocopy. Signed by Richard Howly. Certifies that Myrick Davies acted as a member of the Executive Council during Howly's administration.
Item 3: Autograph of Richard Howly, undated
Clipped from unidentifiable legal document.