1735 – Born in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England. American merchant, patriot, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, known chiefly because his autographs are of extreme rarity and collectors have forced their value to a high figure.
1765 – Gwinnett emigrated from England to Georgia.
1776 – He was elected a delegate from that colony to the Continental Congress and, as such, signed the Declaration.
– Returning to Georgia, Gwinnett was a member of the convention to frame a new state constitution.
1777 – Died on May 16th in St. Catherine’s Island, off Savannah, Georgia. He died from wounds received in a duel with Lachlan McIntosh, a Continental general, whose brother Gwinnett had arrested.