Eminent jurist and member of the House of Burgesses and of the First Congress of the U.S. Edmund was…

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Eminent jurist and member of the House of Burgesses and of the First Congress of the U.S. Edmund was very prominent in Virginia and Colonial government. He corresponded heavily with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. He was also on the first Continental Congress in 1775 and helped Jefferson draft the Declaration of Independence. Edmund wrote the Resolutions adopting a Declaration of Independence which were included almost verbatim afterwards in the Declaration by Thomas Jefferson. He was a member of the Continental Congress, President of the Virginia Convention which proposed the Declaration of Independence. Often referred to as "Caroline's most distinguished son." For 24 years he represented his county in the House of Burgesses; was a justice of the peace; county Lieutenant in 1774; and was a delegate to the first continental Congress. He was president of the Committee of Safety in 1775 and as such had virtual control of the military and naval operations of Virginia. He was speaker of the first Virginia House of Delegates under the new constitution and for fifteen years was head of the Virginia Judiciary. Together with Thomas Jefferson and George Wyt he revised the Virginia laws, when independence was declared, and in 1789 Washington appointed him as judge of the United States District Court of Virginia. Until his death in 1803, at the age of eighty-two, he was leader of the Federalist party in Virginia. "Twelve Virginia Counties" by John H. Gwathmey, p. 190-191. Prior to 1779 the portion of what is now Sullivan County north of the Holston was believed to be in Virginia, and their first grants were issued by that state. The earliest of which there is any record was issued to Edmund PENDLETON in 1756, for 3,000 acres of land on Reedy Creek. Of the early settlers only a few of the most prominent can be here mentioned." Born in Caroline County, Virginia on September 9th, 1721 Admitted to the bar in 1742 Became a Justice of the Peace in Caroline County in 1751 Elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses Chosen a member of the Virginia colonies Committee of Correspondence in 1773 Delegate to the first Continental Congress in 1775 President of Virginia's Committee of Saftey and was therefore head of the Revolutionary government there Drafted the instructions for Virginia's delegates in the Continental Congress to move for independence. Worked with Thomas Jefferson and George Wythe to revise the laws of Virginia First Speaker of the House of Delegates under Virginia's first Government. Named first president of the supreme court of appeals in 1779. President of the Virginia convention that voted to ratify the constitution in 1788. Declined several federal post offered by his good friend George Washington.

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