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date: 18 September 2019

Randolph, Peytonlocked

(1721–22 October 1775)
  • John E. Selby

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Randolph, Peyton (1721–22 October 1775), planter and revolutionary leader, was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, the son of Sir John Randolph, a Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses and attorney general, and Susanna Beverley. Young Randolph matriculated at the College of William and Mary about 1733 but did not graduate; he entered the Middle Temple on 13 October 1739 and was called to the bar in London on 10 February 1744. Through the influence of the London merchant John Hanbury, Randolph became attorney general of Virginia on 7 May 1744 against Governor ...

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