Shrewsbury Library

Colin Sharp will be speaking on Button Gwinnett, Dubious Signatory of the American Declaration of Independence, on Monday 23rd November at 6.00 pm in Shrewsbury Library, to coincide with publication of Button Gwinnett, Failed Merchant, Plantation Owner, Mountebank, Opportunist Politician and Founding Father, his fascinating account of this little-known but remarkable figure. Gwinnett, from Wolverhampton,  rose by dubious means to become one of the largest landowners in the State of Georgia and, in 1776, placed his signature on the Declaration of Independence and then became President of Georgia – before his last, unfortunate duel. Colin Gwinnett Sharp is a former Royal Navy Commander who first came to know of his forbear’s exceptional life whilst serving in the British Embassy in Washington DC.