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Matthews, George 1739-1812 Military officer; born in Augusta county, Va., in 1739; led a company in the battle of Point Pleasant, and was colonel of the 9th Virginia Regiment in the Revolutionary War. Made a prisoner at the battle of Germantown, he was a captive in a prison-ship until exchanged, late in 1781, when he joined Greene's army with his regiment. After the war he settled in Georgia, and was governor of the State from 1793 to 1796. From 1789 to 1791 he was a member of Congress. He was afterwards brigadiergeneral of the Georgia militia, with which he was active in taking possession of Florida, by order of the President (see Florida), and the capture of Amelia Island (q. v.). He died in Augusta, Ga., Aug. 30, 1812.