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Fitz Randolphs of Note -- Some Prominent, Some Just Plain Interesting
While doing your Fitz Randolph family history, you may come across someone you find particularly interesting -- either because they were prominent in their time and community, or just because they were interesting or somehow intersected with history. Please share!
On the England side
- Samuel Fitz Randolph (1738-1825). After serving in the Revolutionary War, Samuel bought land in western Virginia (today West Virginia) where he established the town of New Salem in the 1790s, including a strong Seventh Day Baptist community.
- Theodore Fitz Randolph (1826-1883), Wealthy railroad and coal industrialist. Served as Democrat in New Jersey Assembly member 1859-1862; New Jersey State Senator, 1862-1868; Governor of New Jersey, 1869-1872; US Senator from New Jersey, 1875-1881. He is featured in Roy Ziegler, 2020. Unfaltering Trust: How Pilgrim Edward Fitz Randolph Jr. and His Descendants Helped Build America. iUniverse.
- Asa Maxson Fitz Randolph (1829-1898); Studied at Alfred and Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) and became a lawyer in Kentucky. Served in the Civil War in 41st Kentucky Regiment. Served as one term as Attorney General of Kansas 1874-187? and one term in the Kansas House of Representatives.
- Jennings Randolph (1902-1998), Long serving US Senator from West Virginia, 1958-1985
Just plain interesting
Samuel Fitz Randolph Jr born 1694. Samuel was a Quaker merchant. He and his brother Joseph were captains of the sloops Sunflower and Elizabeth, plying between Amboy and Boston and the Carolinas - later to Jamaica and Curacoa. Samuel was involved in events that possibly served as a model for "Treasure Island": read the fascinating story by Doug Wilson].
Daniel James Fitz Randolph (1849-1927): our Wild West Fitz Randolph reportedly hunted buffalo with Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickock in Kansas and helped round up some of the outlaws of that time. A couple of wonderful interviews of Daniel's widow and his son William recorded in 1937 are transcribed on his wikitree profile page.