John Glen account books
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John Glen account books

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Glen, John, 1744-1799.
Title: John Glen account books
Dates: 1769-1809
Extent: 0.61 cubic feet (1 volume, 1 box, 1 microfilm roll)
Identification: MS 1525

Biographical/Historical Note

John Glen was born on July 26, 1744 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the second son of William Glen and Ann Alricks. After studying law, John Glen moved to Savannah, Georgia in 1767 where he opened his own practice. In 1769 he was elected to the lower Assembly in the Georgia colonial legislature. In 1776 Glen was elected as Georgia's first Chief Justice and continued to serve until 1778. During the Revolutionary War he became a prisoner of war in Charleston, South Carolina but had returned to Savannah by 1785 when he was publicly forgiven by his former rebel colleagues. Glen spent the rest of his life practicing law and managing property. By 1797 he was elected mayor of Savannah. John Glen died in May 1799 after a short illness.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains three account books, 1769-1809, and a folder of loose papers, 1771-1804 kept by John Glen of money collected and kept by him for his clients. This material has been microfilmed and can be found on roll # 1525-01.

These materials were microfilmed by the Georgia Department of Archives and History in 1991.

Index Terms

Account books.
Glen, John, 1744-1799.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access portions of this collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Glen account books, MS 1525, 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.


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

Container List




11Account Book, 1769-1786
This volume is neither clearly a private nor a public document. Although it lists collections of money made for clients, it is not certain whether John Glen represented all of them or only the cases where his signatures appear. The volume may be an official transcript of a public document made for Glen's use, and the signatures may be a method of public disclosure to avoid conflict of interest. An index of original signatures appearing in this volume was prepared and is the first item on the microfilm copy.


2Account Book, 1769-1799
This volume is arranged by name of client for whom John Glen worked, and therein chronologically. Gives date, work done, fees charged, and any balance due.
1Account Book, 1807-1809
This unnamed volume was found inside Volume 2, Account Book, 1769-1799. Thomas Glen's name and an Orphan House are frequently mentioned. It is believed that this Thomas was John Glen's son. The volume lists expenses and is arranged chronologically.
2Loose papers, 1771-1804, undated
Most of these papers came from Volume 1, Account Book, 1769-1786. A few from Volume 2. Included in these papers are: George Galphin estate paper, 1775; instructions for David Montaigret's will, 1795, including freeing of slaves Bella and her children; and a letter by George Glen, John's son, on some business relating to his dead fathers estate, 1804.


1X-1525-01. Account books, 1769-1809