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Edmund Pendleton

jurist , Continental congressman

Edmund Pendleton, American Continental congressman, jurist. member Virginia House of Burgesses, 1752-1774; member Committee of Correspondence, 1773; member Virginia Convention; member 1st Continental Congress from Virginia, 1774; member all revolutionary convs. in Virginia; member Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-1777, speaker, 1776.

Background

Pendleton, Edmund was born on September 9, 1721 in Caroline County, Virginia, United States. Son of Henry and Mary (Taylor) Pendleton.

Education

Studied law under clerk Caroline County Court.

Career

married 2d, Sarah Pollard, June 20, 1743. No children. Clerk, Caroline County Court, 1740. Admitted to practice at local bar, 1741, before Virginia General Court, 1745.

Justice of peace, Caroline County, 1751. Member Virginia House of Burgesses, 1752-1774. Member Committee of Correspondence, 1773.

Member Virginia Convention. Member 1st Continental Congress from Virginia, 1774. Member all revolutionary convs. in Virginia.

President Virginia Committee of Safety (in effect governor of state), 1774-1776. Lieutenant Caroline County. Member Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-1777, speaker, 1776.

President Virginia Convention called after passage of Boston Port Act, 1776, drew up resolution instructing Virginia delegations to Continental Congress to propose independence. Presiding judge 1st Virginia Court of Chancery. President 1st Virginia Supreme Court of the Appeals, 1779-1803.

President Virginia Convention to ratify United States Constitution, 1788.

Membership

Member Virginia House of Burgesses, 1752-1774. Member Committee of Correspondence, 1773. Member Virginia Convention.

Member 1st Continental Congress from Virginia, 1774. Member all revolutionary convs. in Virginia. Member Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-1777, speaker, 1776.

Connections

Married Elizabeth Roy, 1742 (deceased.

father:
Henry Pendleton

mother:
Mary (Taylor) Pendleton

spouse:
Elizabeth Roy