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Joseph Clay (October 16, 1741 – November 15, 1804) was a soldier and public official from Georgia.

Joseph Clay
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Born(1764-08-16)August 16, 1764
Beverley, Great Britain
DiedJanuary 11, 1811(1811-01-11) (aged 46)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyFederalist
EducationPrinceton University (BA)

Born in England, he immigrated to the United States and in 1760 settled in Savannah, Georgia. During the American Revolution, he served on the local council of safety and was a delegate to the Georgia Provincial Congress in 1775. He was a major in the Georgia Line of the Continental Army during the War of Independence. He was appointed by the Continental Congress as deputy paymaster general in Georgia with the rank of colonel on August 6, 1777. He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1778, but did not attend. He died in 1804.He was the father of Joseph Clay Jr. and the grandfather of William Henry Stiles, Henry Harford Cumming, and Alfred Cumming (governor).

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  • United States Congress. "Joseph Clay (id: C000485)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Joseph Clay at Find a Grave