The Robert Forsyth Chapter is located in Cumming, Ga. and is named for the first Georgia Marshal appointed by George Washington.
Robert Forsyth was the first federal law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Captain of Light Dragoons in Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee’s cavalry during the Revolutionary War, Forsyth had been appointed the first marshal for the District of Georgia by President Washington in 1789. Forsyth also served as justice of the peace and as a trustee of Richmond Academy. On January 11, 1794, Forsyth was shot and killed by Beverly Allen while attempting to serve civil court papers. Allen was arrested and escaped twice, finally fleeing to Kentucky. Robert Forsyth, father of Georgia Governor John Forsyth, is buried in St. Paul’s cemetery.
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