Colonial Virginia People
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James Blair (1656-1743) was an Anglican clergyman and a member of the Governors Council of Virginia. Born in Scotland, he was ordained in the Church of Scotland in 1679. In 1685, he was ordained in...
Samuel Davies (1723-1761) was a New Light Presbyterian minister and president of the College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University). Born in Delaware and ordained as a minister in 1747,...
Alexander Spotswood (1676-1740) was the lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1710 to 1722. The nominal governor, George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, never visited the colony, leaving Spotswood in...
William Byrd II
William Byrd II (1674-1744) was a Virginia planter and author. He briefly sat in the House of Burgesses and served on the Governor's Council for 35 years. He was the son of William Byrd, a wealthy...
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