BRAXTON, Carter, (great-grandfather of Elliott Muse Braxton),
a Delegate from Virginia; born at Newington, on the Mattaponi
River, near King and Queen Court House, Va., September 16, 1736; was graduated
from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1755; spent three
years in England and attended Cambridge University; member of the Virginia
House of Burgesses 1761-1771 and 1775-1776; elected a Member of the Continental
Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Peyton Randolph and served
from February to August 1776, when Virginia reduced her representation from
seven to five; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; member, Virginia
house of delegates, 1776-1783, 1785-1786, and 1790-1794; member of the Virginia
Council of State 1786-1791 and from 1794 until his death in Richmond, Va.,
October 10, 1797; interment on his estate, Chericoke, King William County,
BibliographyDill, Alonzo T.
Carter Braxton, Virginia Signer: A Conservative in Revolt.
Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1983.