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Peterson GOODWYN

(1745-1818)

GOODWYN, Peterson, a Representative from Virginia; born at “Martins,” near Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Va., in 1745; received his education from private tutors; completed preparatory studies; engaged in planting; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1776 and commenced practice in Petersburg, Va., and surrounding counties; during the Revolutionary War equipped his own company and rose from captain to major; was promoted to colonel for gallantry at the battles of Smithfield and Great Bridge; member of the State house of delegates 1789-1802; elected as a Republican to the Eighth and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1803, until his death at his home, “Sweden,” in Dinwiddie County, Va., February 21, 1818; interment in the family burying ground on his estate.

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

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