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Thomas NELSON, Jr.

(1738-1789)

NELSON, Thomas, Jr., (father of Hugh Nelson), a Delegate from Virginia; born in Yorktown, Va., on December 26, 1738; attended private schools and was graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge University in England, in 1761; member of the House of Burgesses of Virginia in 1774; member of the provincial convention in Williamsburg in 1774; Member of the Continental Congress 1775-1777; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; appointed commander of the Virginia state forces in 1777 and served in this capacity until 1781 when he resigned on account of ill health as a result of his service in the field in the campaign against Cornwallis; again a Member of the Continental Congress in 1779; governor of Virginia in 1781; retired to his son’s estate, “Mont Air,” Hanover County, Va., and died there on January 4, 1789; interment in Grace Churchyard, Yorktown, Va.

Bibliography

Evans, Emory G. and Edward M. Riley, ed. Thomas Nelson and the Revolution in Virginia. Williamsburg, Va.: Virginia Independence Bicentennial Commission, 1978.

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

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