Habersham, James

Habersham, James

(hă`bərshəm), 1713–75, colonial statesman, acting governor of Georgia (1771–73), b. Beverley, Yorkshire, England. He came to Georgia (1738) and was associated with George WhitefieldWhitefield, George,
1714–70, English evangelistic preacher, leader of the Calvinistic Methodist Church. At Oxford, which he entered in 1732, he joined the Methodist group led by John Wesley and Charles Wesley.
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 and the Bethesda Orphanage until he became (1744) a merchant. He favored the introduction of slavery into the colony and played an important role in the colonial politics after Georgia became a royal province. Unlike his son Joseph, he was a strong Loyalist, and he dissolved (1773) the assembly for its radical actions in the unrest preceding the American Revolution.
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