RANDOLPH, Peyton

1721–1775

Biography

RANDOLPH, Peyton, (uncle of Edmund Jenings Randolph), a Delegate from Virginia; born at Tazewell Hall, Williamsburg, Va., in September 1721; received his early education under private tutors; was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; studied law at the Inner Temple, London, England, and was appointed King's attorney for Virginia in 1748; member of the Virginia House of Burgesses 1764-1774 and served as speaker in 1766; chairman of the committee of correspondence in 1773; president of the Virginia conventions of 1774 and 1775; Member of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pa., September 5, 1774, and elected its President but resigned October 22, 1774, to attend the Virginia House of Burgesses; reelected to the Continental Congress, which met in Philadelphia in May 1775 and again served as President; died in Philadelphia, Pa., October 22, 1775; interment beneath the chapel of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.

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

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: ca. 1774, 14 items and 1 oversize. Papers of Peyton Randolph from ca. 1774.

College of William and Mary
Earl Gregg Swem Library

Williamsburg, VA
Papers: In the Cabell Family Papers, ca. 1693-1813, 192 items. Correspondents include Peyton Randolph. An inventory is available in the repository.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library

Williamsburg, VA
Papers: In the Freemasons Williamsburg, Va. Lodge No. 6 Minutes, 1773-1779, 1 volume. Subjects include Peyton Randolph.
Papers: In the Freemasons Williamsburg, Va. Lodge No. 6 Proceedings, 1774-1779, 1 volume. Other authors include Peyton Randolph.
Papers: In the Public Hospital for Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds. Court of Directors Minutes, 1770-1801, 1 volume. Other authors include Peyton Randolph.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Reardon, John J. Peyton Randolph, 1721-1775: One Who Presided. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 1982.

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