BECKLEY, John

1757–1807

Biography

BECKLEY, John, a Clerk from Virginia; born in or near London, England, August 4, 1757; worked as an indentured servant and educated privately; clerk, Henrico County, Va., committee on safety, 1774–1776; assistant clerk, Henrico County, Va., committee on safety, 1776–1777; clerk, Virginia house of delegates, committee on trade, 1776–1777; clerk, Virginia state senate, 1777–1779; studied law; clerk, Virginia court of appeals, circa 1779; served in Virginia militia, circa 1780; clerk, Henrico County, Va., circa 1781; elected Richmond, Va., freeholder, 1780–1807; mayor of Richmond, Va., 1783–1785, circa 1788; unsuccessful candidate for secretary of the Federal Constitutional Convention in 1787; secretary of the Virginia ratifying convention of the Federal Constitution; elected Clerk of the United States House of Representatives for the First Congress and for the three succeeding Congresses (April 1, 1789–May 15, 1797); lawyer, private practice; landowner; ward committee member, Philadelphia, Pa., 1800–1801; ward chairman, Philadelphia, Pa., circa 1800; United States attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1800–1801; elected Clerk of the United States House of Representatives for the Seventh Congress and for the two succeeding Congresses (December 7, 1801–December 26, 1807); Librarian of Congress, 1802–1807; died on April 3, 1807, in Washington, D.C.; interment in Georgetown Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

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