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CLOPTON, John

1756–1816

Biography

CLOPTON, John, a Representative from Virginia; born in St. Peter's parish, near Tunstall, New Kent County, Va., February 7, 1756; was graduated from the College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania) in 1776; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; served as first lieutenant and as captain in the Revolutionary War; wounded at the Battle of Brandywine; member of the Virginia house of delegates 1789-1791; elected as a Republican to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses (March 4, 1795-March 3, 1799); member of the Virginia privy council 1799-1801; elected to the Seventh and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1801, until his death near Tunstall, Va., September 11, 1816; chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Tenth Congress); interment in the family burying ground on his plantation.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Duke University Libraries
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Durham, NC
Papers: In Clopton Family Papers, ca. 1629-1915, approximately 11,916 items. Persons represented include John Clopton and contain comments on politics in the Jeffersonian Republican Party, the Continental Congress, Jay's treaty, the Alien and Sedition acts, the Embargo act, and American relations with France. Letters to son, John Bacon Clopton, Virginia judge, relate to the operation of a plantation in New Kent County.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Clopton, John. To the people of the Congressional district, composed of the counties of Hanover, Henrico, Charles City, New Kent, and city of Richmond. [Washington?: N.p., 1812].

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