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Lyman Hall (April 12, 1724 – October 19, 1790) is a founding father of America, he was a physician, a judge, the governor of Georgia, and a signatory of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Georgia in the Continental Congress.
Little is known of Lyman Hall's early life except that he was born in Wallingford, Connecticut. Hall is a 1756 graduate of Yale College where he earned a medical degree. Shortly thereafter, Hall moved to Charleston, South Carolina and established his medical practice. In 1760 he would buy land in Georgia and established a plantation.
Hall was the only Georgia delegate to the first Continental Congress. In the Second Continental Congress he was involved in provisioning food and medicine for the Revolutionary Armies and raised money in support of Massachusetts revolt. The British learned that he had signed the Declaration of Independence and was a target for treason. The Revolution War had reached Georgia and Hall was forced to flee. Two of his Savannah houses were destroyed by the British.
After the War
Hall returned to Georgia in 1782 to reclaim his property and was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1783. Soon after he would serve one year as Governor, another year in the Assembly, then a year as judge. He retired to private life and helped develop agriculture in Georgia. Hall died in 1790 at the age of 66.
- Lyman Hall, laughtergenealogy.com
- Lyman Hall, USHistory.org