John Randolph (politician)

Sir John Randolph
31st Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses
In office
Preceded by John Holloway
Succeeded by John Robinson
Personal details
Born c. 1693
Tazewell Hall/Turkey Island, Williamsburg, Virginia
Died March 15, 1737
Williamsburg, Virginia
Resting place Wren Building (Crypt) at the College of William and Mary
Spouse(s) Lady Susanna Beverley
Children Beverley Randolph, Peyton Randolph, John Randolph (loyalist), Mary Randolph
Residence Tazewell Hall
Alma mater College of William and Mary
Occupation Politician
Religion Christian

Sir John Randolph of Tazewell Hall, Williamsburg (1693 March 7, 1737)[1] was a Speaker of the House of Burgesses, an Attorney General for the Colony of Virginia, and the youngest son of William Randolph and Mary Isham.[1]

Biography and family

Randolph was born in Charles City County, Virginia.[1] He attended the College of William & Mary and completed his studies in 1711.[1] In 1712, the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Alexander Spotswood, appointed Randolph as Deputy Attorney General for Charles City County, Prince George County, and Henrico County.[1] On May 17, 1715, Randolph was admitted to Gray's Inn at the Inns of Court, then called to the bar on November 25, 1717.[1]

Randolph was the only native of Colonial Virginia to receive a knighthood.

Randolph married Susanna Beverley (the daughter of Peter Beverley, a Speaker of the House of Burgesses and Treasurer of Virginia, and Elizabeth Peyton, and sister of Elizabeth Beverley, the wife of his brother William Randolph II) around 1718 and the couple had at least four children who reached adulthood:[2]

He died in 1737 and was interred at the chapel of the Wren Building at the College of William & Mary.[1] His will had been witnessed in 1735 by Charles Bridges.[3]

His nephew, Peter Randolph (William Randolph II and Elizabeth Beverley's son) married Lucille Bolling (Robert Bolling Jr.'s daughter) on July 20, 1738. Through this marriage, the Randolphs were lineal descendants of Pocahontas.[4]

Randolph was a grand-uncle of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Sir John Randolph". Williamsburg, Virginia: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
  2. Page, Richard Channing Moore (1893). "Randolph Family". Genealogy of the Page Family in Virginia (2 ed.). New York: Press of the Publishers Printing Co. pp. 249–272.
  3. "Bridges, Charles (bap. 1672–1747)". Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  4. Louise Pecquet du Bellet, Some Prominent Virginia Families, p. 161
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