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- Letter, 23 March 1782, from Governor Benjamin Harrison (1726-1791) to Colonel William Fleming (1729-1795) of Botetourt County, Virginia, informing Fleming that the Western Commissioners' meeting on the Ohio has been rescheduled for 1 November 1782
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- Benjamin Harrison was born 5 April 1726 at "Berkeley" in Charles City County, Virginia. Harrison attended the College of William and Mary, but did not earn a degree. He entered the House of Burgesses in 1748 and served until 1775. He served as a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1778, and signed the Declaration of Independence. Harrison also was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1776 and served until he was elected governor in 1781. Governor from 1781 to 1784, Harrison returned to the House of Delegates after his term ended. He was a member of the House of Delegates until his death 24 April 1791. Harrison married Elizabeth Bassett and had 7 children, including William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) who was the ninth president of the United States.
- The Western Commissioners were appointed to settle claims resulting from the military conquest of Kentucky, Ohio, and Illinois. Fleming served with Caleb Wallace (1742-1814), Thomas Marshall (1730-1802), and Samuel McDowell (1735-1817) as Western Commissioners. (Official Letters of the Governors of the State of Virginia, vol. 3, p. 180; Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia, vol. 3, p. 63.)
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