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John BANISTER

(1734-1788)

BANISTER, John, a Delegate from Virginia; born at “Hatcher’s Run,” near Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Va., December 26, 1734; attended a private school at Wakefield, England, and was graduated in law from the Temple in London; returned to Virginia and commenced the practice of law in Petersburg; also engaged as a planter; member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1765, 1766-1774, and 1775; member of the conventions of 1775 and 1776; served in the State house of delegates in 1776, 1777, and 1781-1783; Member of the Continental Congress in 1778; one of the framers and signers of the Articles of Confederation; during the Revolutionary War served as major and lieutenant colonel of the Virginia Militia; died on his estate, “Hatcher’s Run,” near Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Va., on September 30, 1788; interment in the family burying ground on his estate.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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