Richard Howly – Continental Congressman – Georgia


Richard Howly (1740 – December 1784), sometimes spelled Howley, was an American planter and lawyer from Liberty County, Georgia. He served briefly as the 9th Governor of Georgia in 1780, as their delegate to the Continental Congress in 1780 and 1781 and as Chief Justice of Georgia in 1782 and 1783.

Howly was a devout Roman Catholic at a time when Catholic sacraments were not available in Georgia, and so he sought to have priests from Spanish Florida come administer to Georgia’s Catholics.