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Reynolds, John, first governor of Georgia appointed by the king after the surrender of the original charter, was born in England about the beginning of the eighteenth century. He entered the British navy and rose to be a captain. His title when he was appointed to the chief office of the colony was "Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief of his Majesty's Province of Georgia, and Vice­Admiral of the same." He organized a system of courts, established friendly relations with the Indians, and called an assembly to legislate for the colony. With this body he became involved in a misunderstanding, which was aggravated by the conduct of his secretary, William Little, (q.v.) and in 1756 he was recalled, but the letter did not reach Savannah until Feb. 17, 1757. On his way to England he was captured by a French privateer and did not reach London until July. His papers had been taken from him by his French captors and he could not satisfy the board of commissioners with his explanations of the Georgia dispute, so he reentered the navy and subsequently became rear-admiral. He died in January, 1776.
Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form Transcribed by Kristen Bisanz

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