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Francis Taliaferro Brooke Edit Profile

jurist

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

Background

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.

Career

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.

Membership

Member Virginia House of Delegates, 1794-1795.

Connections

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