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- A letter, dated 18 September 1742, from Peyton Randolph (1721-1775) of Williamsburg, Virginia, but writing from London, England, to John Custis (1678-1749) of Williamsburg, containing personal news, concerns for Custis's health, and news on the War of Austrian Succession, 1740-1748. The rest of accession 23423 is located in the Prince George County, Virginia, records
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- Peyton Randolph was born September 1721 at "Tazewell Hall" in Williamsburg, Virginia to Sir John Randolph (1693-1737) and Susannah Beverley Randolph. He was educated by private tutors, graduated from the College of William and Mary. Randolph studied law at the Inner Temple, in London, England, and was appointed Kingʾs attorney for Virginia in 1748. Elected a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1764, he served until 1774 and was speaker in 1766. Randolph was chairman of the committee of correspondence in 1773, and president of the Virginia Conventions of 1774 and 1775. Elected to the first Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Randolph was selected its President, but resigned 22 October 1774 to return to the Virginia House of Burgesses. He was reelected to the Continental Congress, which met in Philadelphia in May 1775 and again served as President. He married Elizabeth Harrison, and they had no children. Randolph died in Philadelphia 22 October 1775. His body was returned to Williamsburg and interred beneath the chapel of the College of William and Mary.
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