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Francis Taliaferro Brooke

Francis Taliaferro Brooke, American jurist. member Virginia House of Delegates, 1794-1795.


  • Brooke, Francis Taliaferro was born on August 27, 1763 in Smithfield, Virginia, United States. Son of Richard and Elizabeth (Taliaferro) Brooke.

  • Education

    • Studied medicine with brother Lawrence. Read law with brother Robert.


    • Commissioned Lieutenant Continental Army, 1780. Served under Lafayette, 1781, later under General Green. Admitted to Virginia bar, 1788, practiced law, Monongahela and Harrison counties.

      Appointed attorney Virginia District Court. Member Virginia House of Delegates, 1794-1795. Commissioned major Virginia Militia, 1796.

      Moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1796. Commissioned brigadier general Virginia Militia, 1802. Elected member Virginia Senate, 1800, speaker, 1804.

      Judge Virginia General Court, 1804-1811. Judge Virginia Supreme Court of the Appeals, 1811-1851, president, 1824-1830. Vice president Society of Cincinnati.


    Member Virginia House of Delegates, 1794-1795.


    • Married Mary Randolph Spotswood, October 1791. Married second, Mary Champe Carter, 1804. Children include Francis Junior.
    • father: Richard Brooke
    • mother: Elizabeth (Taliaferro) Brooke
    • spouses: Mary Randolph Spotswood
    • Mary Champe Carter
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    Died March 3, 1851
    (aged 87)