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EGGLESTON, Joseph

1754–1811

Biography

EGGLESTON, Joseph, (uncle of William Segar Archer), a Representative from Virginia; born in Middlesex County, Va., November 24, 1754; when four years old was taken to his father's plantation "Egglestetton," near Amelia Court House, Va.; studied under private teachers; was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1776; captain and major in Lee's Lighthorse Cavalry in the Revolutionary Army; member of the State house of delegates 1785-1788 and 1791-1799; elected a member of the Virginia Privy Council on November 7, 1787; elected as a Republican to the Fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William B. Giles; reelected to the Sixth Congress and served from December 3, 1798, to March 3, 1801; was not a candidate for renomination in 1800; engaged in agricultural pursuits; justice of the peace from 1801 until his death in Amelia County, Va., February 13, 1811; interment in the Old Grubhill Church Cemetery, near Amelia Court House, Amelia County, Va.

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1781, 1 letter.

University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1777, 1 item. A letter from Joseph Eggleston, Jr., to his father, Joseph Eggleston, written between May 27 and May 30, 1777. In the letter, he discusses the Continental Army encampment at Bottle Hill, near Morristown, New Jersey; Washington's plans to move to Bound Brook near Brunswick. He notes Washington's "high spirits" and contrasts the current state of the army with its condition the previous winter.
Papers: 1780, 1 item. A letter from Joseph Eggleston to his father written on September 28, 1780. In the letter, Joseph Eggleston writes with news of the discovery of Benedict Arnold's plot to betray the fort at West Point. Eggleston concludes with "Complaints" about lack of letters from home and enquires after a business affair.
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