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John Walton - One of America's Founding Fathers

Posted on Thursday, December 24, 2020

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Birth: 1738
Death: 1783 (age 42 or 43)
Colony: Georgia
Occupation: Plantation Owner, Politician
Significance: Signed The Articles of Confederation (at the age of 39 or 40); served as a member of the Continental Congress (1778)

Articles of Confederation - Original 1777 Printing

John Walton was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Born in Virginia, he is the brother of fellow Founding Father and signer of The Declaration of Independence, George Walton. Walton moved to Georgia where he operated a plantation. In 1775, Walton was elected to the Georgia Provincial Congress because he was recognized as a supporter of American independence.

Walton held his seat in the Provincial Congress until 1778 when he stepped down in order to serve in the Second Continental Congress. After news arrived in Philadelphia that Georgia had ratified the Articles of Confederation, Walton signed the Articles on July 24, 1778.

Walton moved back to Georgia after his time in the Continental Congress, and he became a surveyor, though he died just a few years later in 1783.

John Walton in Philadelphia

John Walton traveled to Philadelphia to serve as a member of the Second Continental Congress. While in the Continental Congress, Walton worked at Independence Hall, where he signed The Articles of Confederation. 

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