HANCOCK, George

1754–1820

Biography

HANCOCK, George, a Representative from Virginia; born in Chesterfield County, Va., on June 13, 1754; pursued classical studies; served in the Revolutionary War as colonel of Infantry, Virginia Line; studied law; was admitted to the bar in June 1774 and commenced practice in Chesterfield County; appointed ensign in Chesterfield County, Va., in 1776 and later promoted to captain; admitted to the practice of law in the courts of Powhatan County, Va., July 20, 1780, and later moved to Botetourt County, Va., where on April 12, 1782, he was admitted to the practice of law; appointed colonel of militia of Botetourt County, Va., on August 10, 1785; served as Commonwealth's attorney of Botetourt County from March 4, 1787, to October 11, 1789, and as deputy State's attorney from 1789 to 1793; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the Third Congress and reelected as a Federalist to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1797); engaged in the management of his estate, "Fotheringay," Elliston Valley, Montgomery County, Va., where he died July 18, 1820; interment in a tomb on his estate.

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1796. 1 letter (photocopy).
Papers: In the Thomas Sidney Jesup papers, 1780-1907, 6000 items. Subjects covered include Hancock. Finding aid available in the repository.

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the James Breckenridge papers, 1783-1904, 456 items. Correspondents include Hancock.
Papers: In the Bowker Preston papers, 1773-1882, 154 items. Includes a warrant accusing Hancock of harboring a slave.
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