Button Gwinnett

The colony farthest from Philadelphia, least populated, and with a largely loyalist population, Georgia nonetheless possessed some dedicated opponents to the crown. As the patriot cause grew, the leaders of the rebellion prevailed upon businessman Button Gwinnett to throw in his lot with them. Someone saw something in Gwinnett that indicated he might be a useful leader in the nascent independence movement. Like the other founders, Gwinnett possessed character flaws and had a sometimes chequered past, but his commitment to liberty won him the trip to Philadelphia to represent Georgia in the building of a new nation.