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Thomas GRIFFIN

(1773-1837)

GRIFFIN, Thomas, a Representative from Virginia; born in Yorktown, Va., in 1773; pursued classical studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of delegates 1793-1800; appointed justice of the court of oyer and terminer on October 17, 1796, and served in this capacity until 1810; elected as a Federalist to the Eighth Congress (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1805); appointed chief justice of the court of quarter sessions September 1, 1805, holding court at Yorktown, Va., and served until 1810; justice of the York County Court 1810-1812; served in the War of 1812 as major of Infantry; again justice of the court of oyer and terminer (chairman of the court) 1814-1820; again a member of the State house of delegates 1819-1823 and 1827-1830; died at “The Mansion,” near Yorktown, Va., October 7, 1837.

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

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