HEATH, John, (1758 - 1810)


HEATH, John, a Representative from Virginia; born in Wicomico Parish, Northumberland County, Va., May 8, 1758; educated by tutors; attended the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; one of the students who organized the Phi Beta Kappa on December 5, 1776, and was elected its president; served in the Revolutionary War; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Northumberland County; served as Commonwealth’s attorney from September 10, 1781, to May 12, 1784, and from November 15, 1787, to May 13, 1793; member of the privy council for several years; served in the State house of delegates in 1782 but declined reelection, having again been appointed Commonwealth’s attorney; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1797); declined to be a candidate for renomination; resumed the practice of law in Heathsville, Northumberland County; moved to Richmond, Va., in 1803, having been appointed a member of the Virginia Privy Council on December 30, 1803, and served until his death; was also engaged in the practice of law; died in Richmond, Va., October 13, 1810.