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Carter BRAXTON

(1736-1797)

BRAXTON, Carter, (great-grandfather of Elliott Muse Braxton), a Delegate from Virginia; born at “Newington,” on the Mattaponi River, near King and Queen Court House, Va., September 16, 1736; was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1755; spent three years in England and attended Cambridge University; member of the Virginia House of Burgesses 1761-1771 and 1775-1776; elected a Member of the Continental Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Peyton Randolph and served from February to August 1776, when Virginia reduced her representation from seven to five; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; member, Virginia house of delegates, 1776-1783, 1785-1786, and 1790-1794; member of the Virginia Council of State 1786-1791 and from 1794 until his death in Richmond, Va., October 10, 1797; interment on his estate, “Chericoke,” King William County, Va.

Bibliography

Dill, Alonzo T. Carter Braxton, Virginia Signer: A Conservative in Revolt. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1983.

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

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