GRIFFIN, Cyrus, a Delegate from Virginia; born in Farnham, Richmond County, Va., July 16, 1748; sent to England to be educated; studied law at the University of Edinburgh and at the Temple in London; returned to Virginia; member of the State house of delegates in 1777, 1778, 1786, and 1787; Member of the Continental Congress 1778-1780, 1787-1788, and served as its president in 1788; president of the supreme court of admiralty; commissioner to the Creek Nation in 1789; judge of the United States District Court of Virginia from December 1789 until his death in Yorktown, Va., December 14, 1810; interment in Bruton Churchyard, Williamsburg, Va.

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

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External Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL
Papers: In the Benjamin Lincoln Papers, 1789, 1 item. A letter signed by Cyrus Griffin, as well as other commissioners of Indian Affairs (Benjamin Lincoln and David Humphreys), informing the Governor George Walton of Georgia that they were unable to negotiate a peace treaty with the Creek Indians.

Copley Press, Inc.
J. S. Copley Library

La Jolla, CA
Papers: 1788, 1 page. A letter from Cyrus Griffin, President of the Continental Congress, to an unidentified recipient written on July 12, 1788. The letter names Asa Hartshorn as Ensign in the first American Regiment in the Army of the United States.

Kentucky Historical Society Library

Frankfort, KY
Papers: In the Cyrus Griffin Estate Papers, 1821-1828, 3 items. The papers contains three documents pertaining to the settlement of the estate of Cyrus Griffin. One document is a lease for a plantation in Scott County, Kentucky. The other two documents are decrees in the case of the Griffin Estate v. Walker, a dispute over land on Leestown Road.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1792, 2 items. Includes letters from Cyrus Griffin written in 1792.
Papers: In the Henry A. Willard II Collection, ca. 1743-1888, 0.8 linear foot. Persons represented include Cyrus Griffin. A finding aid is available in the Manuscript Reading Room and online.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: 1810, 0.1 cubic foot. A draft on the Bank of the United States at Philadelphia in favor of Samuel Griffin, with the autograph signature of Cyrus Griffin, a prominent political figure from Virginia.
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