RANDOLPH, Peyton, (uncle of Edmund Jenings Randolph),
a Delegate from Virginia; born at Tazewell Hall, Williamsburg, Va., in September
1721; received his early education under private tutors; was graduated from the College of William
and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; studied law at the Inner Temple, London, England, and was appointed
Kings attorney for Virginia in 1748; member of the Virginia House of Burgesses 1764-1774 and
served as speaker in 1766; chairman of the committee of correspondence in 1773; president of the
Virginia conventions of 1774 and 1775; Member of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pa.,
September 5, 1774, and elected its President but resigned October 22, 1774, to attend the Virginia
House of Burgesses; reelected to the Continental Congress, which met in Philadelphia in May 1775
and again served as President; died in Philadelphia, Pa., October 22, 1775; interment beneath the
chapel of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
BibliographyReardon, John J. Peyton Randolph, 1721-1775:
One Who Presided. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 1982.