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MILLEDGE, John, a Representative and a Senator from Georgia; born in Savannah, Ga., in 1757; was tutored privately; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Savannah, Ga.; served in the Revolutionary War and was one of the patriots who rifled the powder magazine in Savannah; narrowly missed being hanged as a spy; attorney general of Georgia 1780; member of the State general assembly for several sessions; elected to the Second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the House declaring the seat of Anthony Wayne vacant, and served from November 22, 1792, to March 3, 1793; subsequently elected to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses (March 4, 1795-March 3, 1799); again elected as a Democratic Republican to the Seventh Congress and served from March 4, 1801, until his resignation in May 1802; chairman, Committee on Elections (Seventh Congress); Governor of Georgia 1802-1806; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James Jackson; reelected in 1806 and served from June 19, 1806, until November 14, 1809, when he resigned; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Tenth Congress; one of the founders of the University of Georgia at Athens; died on his plantation near Augusta, Ga., February 9, 1818; interment in Summerville Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, AL
Papers: 1 letter (1812) in William Wyatt Bibb papers.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1755-1853. 40 items. Political and personal correspondence.

Georgia Department of Archives and History

Atlanta, GA
Papers: In File II Names, primarily incoming correspondence to the governor of Georgia. Finding aid.

Georgia Historical Society

Savannah, GA
Papers: 1742-1851. 19 items. Personal papers. Also correspondence in William Jones papers, 1809-1839. Finding aid.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1801-1809. 6 items. 5 letters and an official document. Finding aid.

Pierpont Morgan Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1806. 1 item.

University of Georgia
Hargrett Library for Rare Books and Manuscripts

Athens, GA
Papers: 1796. 1 letter. Concerns political matters.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Mellichamp, Josephine. "John Milledge." In Senators from Georgia, pp. 53-56. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1976.

Salley, Harriett (Milledge), ed. Correspondence of John Milledge. Columbia, SC: State Commercial Printing Co., 1949.

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