George Walton

George Walton (c. 1749 – February 2, 1804), a Founding Father of the United States

George Walton was born in Cumberland County, Virginia. The exact year of Walton’s birth is unknown; it is believed that he was born in 1749. Research has placed it as early as 1740, others as late as 1749 and 1750. The biographer of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Della Gray Bartholomew, uses the date of 1741.

His parents died when he was an infant, resulting in his adoption by an uncle with whom he entered an apprenticeship as a carpenter. Walton was a studious young man, but his uncle actively discouraged all study, believing a studious boy to be an idle one. Walton continued studying and once his apprenticeship ended, he moved to Savannah, Georgia, in 1769 to study law under a Mr. Young, and was admitted to the bar in 1774. His brother was John Walton.

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