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GOODWYN, Peterson

1745–1818

Biography

GOODWYN, Peterson, a Representative from Virginia; born at "Martins," near Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Va., in 1745; received his education from private tutors; completed preparatory studies; engaged in planting; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1776 and commenced practice in Petersburg, Va., and surrounding counties; during the Revolutionary War equipped his own company and rose from captain to major; was promoted to colonel for gallantry at the battles of Smithfield and Great Bridge; member of the State house of delegates 1789-1802; elected as a Republican to the Eighth and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1803, until his death at his home, "Sweden," in Dinwiddie County, Va., February 21, 1818; interment in the family burying ground on his estate.

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

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External Research Collections

The Library of Virginia

Richmond, VA
Papers: In the Fletcher Harris Archer Papers, 1850, 1 item. A letter from Robert Johnston, Auditor of Public Accounts, to F.H. Archer written June 7, 1850. In the letter, Robert Johnston writes concerning proof of the Revolutionary War service of Peterson Goodwyn of Dinwiddie County, Virginia.
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