Button Gwinnett Photo

Button Gwinnett

Death: May 19, 1777

Birthplace: Gloucester

Nationality: United States

Button Gwinnett

Date of Death : May 19, 1777
Birth Place : Gloucester

Button Gwinnett was a British-born American political leader who, as a representative of Georgia to the Continental Congress, was one of the signatories on the United States Declaration of Independence. He was also, briefly, the provisional president of Georgia in 1777, and Gwinnett County was named for him. Gwinnett was killed in a duel by a rival, Lachlan McIntosh, following a dispute after a failed invasion of East Florida.

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