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William FLEMING

(1736-1824)

FLEMING, William, a Delegate from Virginia; born in Cumberland County, Va., July 6, 1736; was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1763; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; member of the provincial house of burgesses 1772-1775; delegate to the Revolutionary conventions in 1775 and 1776; member of the Cumberland County committee in 1776; served in the house of delegates 1776-1778; Member of the Continental Congress in 1779; judge of the general court in 1788; elected a member of the first supreme court of appeals in 1789 and served in this capacity until his death; became president of the court in 1809; died at his country home, “Summerville,” Chesterfield County, Va., February 15, 1824; interment in the family cemetery on his estate.

Bibliography

Hoyt, William Dana, Jr., “Colonel William Fleming on the Virginia Frontier, 1755-1783.” Ph. D. diss., Johns Hopkins University, 1940.

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

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