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- Letter, 18 December 1772, from John Banister (1734-1788) of Petersburg, Virginia, to Samuel Inglis of Portsmouth, Virginia, concerning Inglis' account with Banister
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- John Banister was born 26 December 1734 at "Hatcher's Run" in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. Educated in England, he studied law at the Middle Temple in London, England. Banister returned to Virginia and became a tobacco planter and businessman, operating sawmills and flourmills along the Appomattox River, and built his home "Battersea." Banister represented Dinwiddie County in the House of Burgesses from 1766 to 1776; in all 5 Virginia Conventions; and in the House of Delegates from 1776 to 1778 and from 1781 to 1783. He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1778-1779 and signed the Articles of Confederation. He served as a lieutenant colonel in the Virginia militia during the Revolution. Banister sat on the Council of State briefly in 1782 and was elected Petersburg's first mayor in 1784. He married first Elizabeth Munford in 1755, second Elizabeth Bland (d. 1777) about 1760, and third Anne Blair (1746-1813). He had three children by his second wife, and two by his third wife. Banister died 30 September 1788 in Dinwiddie County and was buried at "Hatcher's Run."
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