Lyman Hall

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Founding Fathers
Lyman Hall
State Georgia
Religion Christian- Congregationalist [1]
Founding Documents Declaration of Independence

Lyman Hall (April 12, 1724 – October 19, 1790) is a founding father of America, he was a physician, a judge, a clergyman, the governor of Georgia, and a signatory of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Georgia in the Continental Congress.

Early life

Little is known of Lyman Hall's early life except that he was born in Wallingford, Connecticut. His parents were John Hall, a minister, and Mary Street Hall. Upon reaching age he followed in the footsteps of his father and became the minister of Stratfield parish.[2] He graduated in 1756 from 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.

In 1752 he married Abigail Burr, who sadly died a short year after. Several years later in 1757, he married Mary Osborne. He was an early advocate of declaring independence from Britain.[3]


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.[4] The British learned that he had signed the Declaration of Independence and was a target for treason. The Revolutionary War had reached Georgia and Hall was forced to flee. Two of his houses in Savannah were destroyed by the British.[5] In 1954 a historical marker was erected to commemorate the event at "Hall's Knoll."[6]

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. In Georgia, Hall County is named after him.