Walton, George, 1741?–1804, American Revolutionary patriot, signer of the Declaration of Independence, b. near Farmville, Va. He moved to Savannah, Ga., where he established a law practice. Walton was a delegate to the Continental Congress (1776–78, 1780–81). He was captured by the British at the fall of Savannah (1778) but was exchanged in 1779 and later was governor of Georgia (1779–80, 1789) and served briefly as U.S. Senator (1795–96).
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