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Randolph, John (ca. 1727 - 1784)

Randolph, John (ca. 1727 - 1784)
Historical Note
John Randolph was born in 1727 or 1728, probably at what is now called the Peyton Randolph House on Market Square, and his heritage was thoroughly Virginian. Educated at the College of William & Mary, he traveled to London in 1745 to study law at the Middle Temple at the Inns of Court in London, and returned to Williamsburg to practice in 1749. The third child of Sir John and Lady Susannah Randolph, John was convinced British-Americans owed more loyalty to the Crown than to the Massachusetts hotheads or to firebrands like his friend Patrick Henry. Historians have tagged him with the nickname John "The Tory." John Randolph died at Brampton, England, in 1784. In death, as he could not in conscience do in life, Randolph returned to Williamsburg. He is interred beside his father and brother in the family vault in the chapel at the College of William and Mary. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/John Randolph (ca. 1727 - 1784).
http://www.history.org/almanack/people/bios/bioratjr.cfm (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation).
Note Author
Anne Johnson

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Records or Manuscript Collections
John Randolph The Tory Papers, 1779-1840
Littlebury Mason Law License, 1775