TELFAIR, Edward, (father of Thomas Telfair),
a Delegate from Georgia; born in Town Head, Scotland, in 1735;
was graduated from the Kirkcudbright Grammar School and subsequently acquired a
thorough commercial training; immigrated to the United States in 1758 as agent
of a commercial house and settled in Virginia; moved to Halifax, N.C.;
established a commission house in Savannah, Ga., in 1766; member of the council
of safety in 1775 and 1776; delegate to the Provincial Congress at Savannah in
1776; member of the committee of intelligence and other important committees in
1776; Member of the Continental Congress 1778, 1780, 1781, and 1782; one of the
signers of the Articles of Confederation and a delegate to the State
ratification convention; commissioner to treat with the Cherokee Indians in
1783; designated agent on the part of Georgia to settle the northern boundary
of the Commonwealth in February 1783; Governor of Georgia in 1786 and
1790-1793; died in Savannah, Ga., September 17, 1807; interment in Bonaventure
BibliographyCoulter, E. Merton. Edward Telfair.
Georgia Historical Quarterly 20 (June 1936): 99-124.