Peyton Randolph

Peyton Randolph (1721 - 1775)

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Peyton Randolph
Born in Williamsburg, Virginiamap
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Husband of — married in Williamsburgmap
Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
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Peyton Randolph served during the American Revolution
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Preceded by
Continental Congress Established
Payton Randolph
1st President
of the Continental Congress
5 Sept 1774 - 22 Oct 1774
Succeeded by
2nd President
Henry Middleton
Preceded by
2nd President
Henry Middleton
Payton Randolph
3rd President
of the Continental Congress
10 May 1775 - 24 May 1775
Succeeded by
4th President
John Hancock III
U.S. Continental Congress President
This person was a President of the US Continental Congress
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Peyton Randolph was born on September 10th 1723 in Williamsburg, Virginia. His parents were Sir John Randolph and Susannah Beverley". Peyton was grandson to William Randolph.

Peyton Randolph studied at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg and studied law at the Inner Temple in London. Following in his father's footsteps, he was admitted to the Virginia bar on February 10th 1745.

He became an early patriot who pushed for independence from Britain. His contributions to the movement for American independence and democracy were significant and long-lasting.

Peyton Randolph was the first President of the Continental Congress in 1774. [1]

He served several terms in the VA House of Burgesses and also as the attorney general- at the same time. [2]

He had no children.

Peyton Randolph died in Philadelphia, and was buried at Christ Church. He was later re-interred at the College of William and Mary chapel. [3]

Randolph County in North Carolina, formed in 1779. [4] [5]

Two ships were named for Peyton Randolph, president of the First Continental Congress. The Continental Congress named one of their first frigates the Randolph. [6] The second, the USS Randolph was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the US Navy. [7]

A transcription of the Last Will and Testament of Peyton Randolph can be found on the Colonial Williamsburg web site Meet the Randolphs "Meet the People : The Randolphs : Betty Randolph" [8]


  • Randolph County, Indiana and Randolph County, North Carolina are named in his honor.


  • Microsoft Encarta 98, "Randolph, Peyton", (1998), "Electronic."


  • Thank you to Theresa Ellenwood for creating WikiTree profile Randolph-784 through the import of LucindaElizaBatesAncestors.ged on Mar 5, 2013.

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On 9 Mar 2015 at 22:00 GMT Cathryn (Hallett) Hondros wrote:

Peyton is 22 degrees from Rosa Parks, 21 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 14 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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