The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: February 4

WILLIAMSBURG, February 4, 1775.
Yesterday, at a meeting of the inhabitants of this city, the Hon. PEYTON RANDOLPH, Esq; was unanimously chosen their Delegate to attend the convention at the town of Richmond, on the 20th of next month.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) February 4, 1775
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Peyton Randolph, Speaker of the House of Burgesses and former Attorney General, was elected chairman of the first 3 Virginia conventions. A member of the powerful wealthy Randolph family, he influenced many to join him in support of the patriot cause.

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