Samuel Elbert was elected Governor of Georgia for a one-year term on January 6, 1785. Elbert was an early participant in Patriot meetings at Tondee’s Tavern, a Lt. Colonel in the first group of troops raised in Georgia, and a prisoner of war, exchanged for a British General, and eventually promoted to Brigadier General reporting to Gen. George Washington. As Governor, Elbert oversaw the charter of the University of Georgia and afterward, he served briefly as Sheriff of Chatham County.
On January 6, 1961, United States District Court Judge William Bootle found that Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter were “fully qualified for immediate admission” to the University of Georgia and “would already have been admitted had it not been for their race and color,” ordering the desegregation of UGA.
On January 6, 1988, the United States Postal Service released a stamp commemorating the bicentennial of Georgia’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788.
State Capitol History: Dover, Delaware
Dover, Delaware was first settled by the Dutch prior to 1631 and later colonized under William Penn. The city of Dover was founded in 1717 and became the Capitol of Delaware in 1777. In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in a ratification convention held at Battell’s Tavern, which is also known as the Golden Fleece Tavern. Here’s an excerpt from the history of the Constitution according to the State of Delaware.
The Continental Congress adopted the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. An official copy of the document was presented to the Delaware Assembly by the President of Delaware, Thomas Collins, on October 24, 1787, along with four petitions containing 171 signatures urging ratification.
On November 10, 1787, both branches of the Delaware Legislature adopted a bill which called for a State Convention to be held in Dover, Delaware, on December 3, 1787, for the purpose of considering the ratification of the new Federal Constitution. This piece of legislation provided for the election of ten persons to be selected in each county to attend this convention.
The elections were held and thirty men were chosen to meet in Dover and decide the action Delaware would take on this important matter. History tells us that all the elections were orderly with one exception–the one held in Sussex County. here we find, from the words of a political pamphleteer of the time that armed men prevented a fair election.
Delaware was such a small state in 1787, and many were afraid that the much larger states surrounding Delaware would take advantage of her. Others believed that the only way to survive as a small state would be to join in a union with the larger states. Fortunately, our leaders of Delaware were intelligent men and made the wise decision to ratify the Constitution as soon as possible. Rhode Island, on the other hand, was another small state in similar circumstances, but it was the last of the 13 states to ratify the Constitution.
It’s funny to me to see the rivalry demonstrated in that last sentence between the two smallest states in our nation. So cute! December 7th of each year is celebrated as “Delaware Day” in recognintion of its historic role in the adoption of the Constitution.
Also funny? The tavern that hosted the ratification convention submitted an invoice for “use of a room, fire wood + candles for 5 days for the Convention.”
Sunday night will see the Wild Hog Supper, the traditional kickoff of the General Assembly Session.
Yesterday, Stan Jester was sworn-in as a member of the DeKalb County Board of Education, with the Oath administered by Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote about the kerfuffle caused by DeKalb County Schools trying to treat an elected member of their Board as an employee:
Jester said in the statement that he would put his reports online “for anyone to see” and challenged the rest of the board members to do the same.
“I do reject the manner and rationale of the board chair in dealing with this issue,” Jester said in the emailed statement to Channel 2. “It has ranged from inaccurate to intimidating. Rather than try to bully or embarrass other board members, I will take great care to do what is in the best interests of children and taxpayers.”
A check of online court records by The AJC did not show any cases or liens involving Jester.
Reining in the inexorable expansion of government and government power has to start somewhere. Here it is one citizen standing up for his rights against a public entity he was elected to help govern, not to subjugate himself to. In 2009, DeKalb County Public Schools was the sixth largest employer in Atlanta.Continue Reading..