Wolverhampton Historical Society
Button Gwinnett

Wolverhampton historical

We are currently working on a biography of Button Gwinnett by his descendant, Colin Gwinnett Sharp. Gwinnett was a signatory to the Declaration of Independence and his signature is now the most sought after in the United States.

Colin will be speaking to the Wolverhampton Historical Society, at the Old School, 73 Dudley Road, on 16 September at 14.30 pm, Wolverhampton being Gwinnett’s place of origin.

The talk will, among other things, examine the dubious means by which Gwinnett rose to become one of the largest landowners in the State of Georgia and leader of the Populist Party, before placing his signature on the Declaration of Independence and becoming successively Speaker, Commander-in-Chief and President of Georgia. He died an untimely death in a duel.