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This is certainly true of Alexander Telfair. He was born to the Governor of Georgia and the daughter of a wealthy Savannah planter. Shortly after graduating from Princeton, Telfair's father died. This left him with the responsibility of managing his father's vast estate. His older brothers died leaving him as the only man in the family of a mother and sisters,.
Telfair preserved the family, the family wealth, and took his place as a religious and civic leader. He is mainly remembered for the house he had constructed which is now a museum.
Hamilton, William C., "A Biography of Alexander Telfair" (1988). Savannah Biographies. 243.