RARE STATE OF GEORGIA MILITIA COMMISSION - 1795

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Dated September 21, 1795 at Augusta, GA, and signed by Georgia Governor "Geo Mathews". Francis Jones is appointed to serve as Captain of a militia regiment from Scriven County. Signature is large and bold. Rare style state militia commission with paper seal in upper left corner. Measures 12 1/2" x 7 3/4", framed and matted in an attractive 18 1/2" x 16 1/2" modern frame.

Mathews was named Colonel of the 9th Virginia Regiment in early 1777. In the Battle of Germantown he became a POW, and was finally exchanged in 1781. Mathews was then named commander of the 12th Virginia Regiment and went south to work with any available force to clean up actions in South Carolina and Georgia. He was impressed with the opportunities he saw on the Georgia frontier. Released from service in 1783, he moved his family to a log cabin in Georgia. In 1787 he was a successful candidate for the Georgia Assembly. His bearing and military experience gained the respect of the other members, and they named him Governor. He attended the state convention that ratified the United States Constitution and was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1789.

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