FEW, William

FEW, William
Library of Congress
1748–1828

Biography

FEW, William, a Delegate and a Senator from Georgia; born near Baltimore, Md., June 8, 1748; moved with his parents to Orange County, N.C., in 1758; completed preparatory studies; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Augusta, Ga., in 1776; member, State house of representatives 1777, 1779, 1783, 1793; member of the State executive council in 1777 and 1778; engaged in the expedition for the subjugation of east Florida in 1778; presiding judge of the Richmond County court and surveyor general in 1778; served as lieutenant colonel of the Richmond County Militia in 1779; Member of the Continental Congress 1780-1782 and 1786-1788; original trustee for establishing the University of Georgia in 1785; delegate to the Federal Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and one of the signers of the Constitution; delegate to the Georgia convention that ratified the Federal Constitution in 1788; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1789, to March 3, 1793; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1795; judge of the circuit court of Georgia 1794-1797; moved to New York City in 1799; member, State assembly 1802-1805; State prison inspector 1802-1810; United States Commissioner of Loans 1804; director of the Manhattan Bank 1804-1814, and president in 1814; served as alderman 1813-1814; died in Fishkill, N.Y., July 16, 1828; interment in Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery, Beacon, Dutchess County, N.Y.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1 item.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: Letters from Mrs. William Few to her brother in James Witter Nicholson papers, 1792-1834.

Duke University
Special Collections Library

Durham, NC
Papers: 3 items (September 4, 1789-January 1, 1791); and 1 item (October 3, 1789) in George Walton papers.

Georgia Historical Society

Savannah, GA
Papers: 3 items (June 20, 1789-September 29, 1790) in Edward Telfair papers; and in Eighteenth Century Governors of Georgia records, ca. 1754-1801.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1 item (January 25, 1791); and 1 item (July 1789) in George Washington papers.

New York Public Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1 item (April 14, 1790) in Emmet collection.

Pierpont Morgan Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1785-1806. 4 items.

University of Georgia
Hargrett Library for Rare Books and Manuscripts

Athens, GA
Papers: 1 item (January 15, 1791) in Telamon Cuyler collection; and 1 autobiography (1816 or later) in Keith Read collection.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Few, William. "Autobiography of Colonel William Few of Georgia." Magazine of American History 7 (November 1881): 343-58.

Mellichamp, Josephine. "William Few, Jr." In Senators from Georgia, pp. 15-22. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1976.

"Senator Few on the Second Session of the First Congress, 1790." American Historical Review 16 (July 1911): 789-90.

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