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William Few

William Few
United States Senator from
In office
March 4, 1789 – March 3, 1793
Succeeded by James Jackson
Delegate from Georgia to the Continental Congress
In office
1780 – 82, 1786–88
Personal details
Born June 8, 1748
Baltimore County, Maryland
Died July 16, 1828(1828-07-16) (aged 80)
Resting place Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Augusta, Georgia

William Few, Jr. (June 8, 1748 – July 16, 1828) was an Constitutional Convention. Born into a poor yeoman farming family, Will Russell Few achieved both social prominence and political power later in life. Exhibiting those characteristics of self-reliance vital for survival on the American frontier, he became an intimate of the nation's political and military elite. The idea of a rude frontiersman providing the democratic leaven within an association of the rich and powerful has always excited the American imagination, nurtured on stories of Davy Crockett. In the case of the self-educated Few, that image was largely accurate.

Few's inherent gifts for leadership and organization, as well as his sense of public service, were brought out by his experience in the

United States Senate
Preceded by
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Georgia
Served alongside: James Gunn
Succeeded by
James Jackson
Business positions
Preceded by
Samuel Osgood
President of City Bank of New York
Succeeded by
Peter Staff
  • The Few family farm

External links

  1. ^ Orange County, North Carolina history. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Origins of Madison Street Names. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  3. ^ William Few, Jr. "Founding Father of America" from Georgia. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  4. ^ A Biography of William Few 1748–1828. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  5. ^ William Few Writings and Biography. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  6. ^ Few, William, (1748–1828). Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  7. ^
  8. ^ America's Founding Fathers: William Few / Georgia. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  9. ^ William Few, Jr at Find a Grave
  10. ^ William Few 1748–1828. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  11. ^ Paschal, Barry L. (February 7, 2013). Projects will ease William Few Parkway traffic. Retrieved July 18, 2013.


[11] Few Street in

James Marshall said of William Few, "He was one of those men, 'few and far between,' who effect more by solid weight of character than many can by eloquent speech or restless action."[10]

[9][8] Few died at age 80 in 1828 in

Death and legacy

At the urging of his wife, a native New Yorker, Few left Georgia in 1799 and moved to Manhattan. There, he embarked on yet another career of public service, while supporting his family through banking and the occasional practice of law. He served as director of the Manhattan Bank (known as Citigroup as of 2013) from 1804–14, becoming its President in 1814. His new neighbors promptly elected him to represent them in the New York State Assembly from 1802–05 and later as a city alderman from 1813–14. He also served as New York's inspector of prisons 1802–10 and as the United States Commissioner of Loans in 1804. Few retired in 1815 to his country home in Fishkill, New York in Dutchess County where he died on July 16, 1828.[6]

Few served in Congress less than a year when, in the wake of General Athens in 1785. Few's efforts to establish UGA as the first state-chartered university in the United States indicated the importance this self-educated man gave to formal instruction.

[4] Military was a success that went hand in hand with political service. During the late 1770s Few also won election to the

Few's signature on early American currency from Georgia (1778).


The success of the citizen-soldiers in defending their own homes began to reverse the fortunes of war in Georgia, prompting the new Continental commander in the region, Major General

The Georgians' first military campaign ended in disaster. A force of state and Continental units successfully combined to repulse an enemy raid on Sunbury near the states southeastern border, but a counterattack orchestrated by Major General Savannah, Georgia, and the destruction of the rest of the Continental units under Howe and most of the eastern militia formations. Armed resistance to the British continued in the western part of the state, led by the Richmond County Regiment. Throughout 1779 the regiment, with Few now second in command, frequently turned out to skirmish with probing British units, eventually forcing the enemy to abandon Augusta, which the British had captured soon after the fall of Savannah.

Georgia organized its citizen-soldiers on a geographical basis, forming local companies into a regiment in each county. Few joined the Loyalist militia and British regulars based in Florida, was Few finally called to active duty.

Revolutionary War

Few participated in this training as one of the first men to enlist in the volunteer militia or "minute men" company formed in Hillsborough. Typically, Few's unit received its tactical instruction from a veteran of the colonial wars, in this case a former corporal in the British Army who was hired by the company as its drill sergeant. Citing the press of family business, Few rejected the offer of a captaincy in one of the first units North Carolina raised for the Continental Army in the summer of 1775. But when he finally settled the family's accounts the next year and joined his relatives in Georgia, where he opened a law office, he quickly placed his newly acquired military knowledge at the service of the Patriot cause in his new state

These antagonisms within North Carolina began to evaporate as American opinion turned against the imperial measures instituted by Great Britain in the 1770s. Both the eastern planters and the new settlers found new taxes and restrictions on western expansion at odds with their idea of self-government, and Patriot leaders were able to unite the state against what they could portray as a threat to the liberties of all parties.

[3] In time the Few family achieved a measure of prosperity, emerging political leaders in rural Orange County. Like many other western settlers, however, the family became involved with the

Descendant of Quaker shoemaker Richard Few from the county of Wiltshire, England, and his son Isaac Few, a cooper, who emigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1680s, the Few family lived in northern Maryland, where they eked out a modest living raising tobacco on small holdings. When a series of droughts struck the region in the 1750s, the Fews and their neighbors—actually a sort of extended family consisting of cousins and distant relations—found themselves on the brink of ruin. The whole community decided to abandon its farms and try its luck among the more fertile lands on the southern frontier.

Early life

  • Early life 1
  • Revolutionary War 2
  • Statesman 3
  • Death and legacy 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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