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Peyton Randolph

Peyton Randolph, American president Continental Congress. member Virginia House of Burgesses, 1748-1775, speaker, 1766-1775, sent to England to oppose governor’s policy and to secure withdrawal of land fee; member board visitors College William and Mary.

Background

  • Randolph, Peyton was born in September 1721 in “Tazewell Hall,” Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. Son of Sir John and Susanna (Beverly) Randolph.

  • Education

    • Graduated from College William and Mary, 1742.

    Career

    • Admitted to Middle Temple, London, England., 1739, Virginia bar, 1744. King’s attorney for Virginia, 1748-1766. Member Virginia House of Burgesses, 1748-1775, speaker, 1766-1775, sent to England to oppose governor’s policy and to secure withdrawal of land fee.

      Chairman Virginia Committee of Correspondence, 1773. Presided over revolutionary convs. of Virginia, 1774, 75. President Continental Congress, 1774, 75.

      Most popular leader in Virginia decade before Revolution. Member board visitors College William and Mary. Provincial grand master.

    Membership

    Member Virginia House of Burgesses, 1748-1775, speaker, 1766-1775, sent to England to oppose governor’s policy and to secure withdrawal of land fee. Member board visitors College William and Mary.

    Connections

    • Married Elizabeth Harrison, February 1746.
    • father: Sir John Randolph
    • mother: Susanna (Beverly) Randolph
    • spouse: Elizabeth Harrison
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    Born September, 1721
    Died October 22, 1775
    (aged 54)
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