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Richard Bland

Member From: 1742 - 1776

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  • Birth Date: May 6, 1710 Birth Place:Jordan's Point, Prince George County, Virginia
  • Death Date: October 26, 1776
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Anne Poythress (1730 - 1758)Martha Macon Massie (1759)Elizabeth Blair Bolling (? - 1775)
  • Children: twelve children with Anne Poythress - Richard (1731), Elizabeth (1733), Ann Poythress(1736), Peter Randolph (1737), John (1739), Mary (1741), William (1742), Theodorick (1744), Edward (1746), Sarah (1750), Susan (1752) and Lucy (1754).
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  • Education: College of William and Mary ; Edinburgh University (Scotland)
  • Military Service: Militia officer (1739)
  • Occupation/Profession: He was trained in the law and admitted to the bar in 1746, but never offered his legal services to the public
  • Additional Info: ​Richard Bland was the son of Richard Bland (1665 - 1720) and Elizabeth Randolph. Elizabeth Randolph was the daughter of William Randolph I (1651 - 1711) and Mary Isham. 
    Richard Bland was orphaned at the age of 10 in 1720. He grew up at the home of his mother's family the Randolph's of Turkey Island.  
    Sometime during the 1742-1747 Assembly, Richard Bland was reelected to the House after accepting an offer of profit. Edmund Ruffin was selected to fill the place made vacant by the death of Richard Bland, Oct. 28, 1776.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: 1st U.S. Congress in Philadelphia
    Justice of the Peace, Prince George County
    Virginia Constitutional Convention (1776)
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1742-1747 Prince George Propositions and Grievances
Trade
1748-1749 Prince George Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
1752-1755 Prince George Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
Trade
1756-1758 Prince George Public Claims (Chair)
Courts of Justice
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
Trade
1758-1761 Prince George Public Claims (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
1761-1765 Prince George Privileges and Elections
(Chair)
Propositions and Grievances
1766-1768 Prince George
Propositions and Grievances (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
1769 Prince George Propositions and Grievances (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
Religion
1769-1771 Prince George Propositions and Grievances (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
Religion
Trade
1772-1774 Prince George Propositions and Grievances (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
Religion
Trade
1775-1776 Prince George Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
Religion
Trade
1776 Prince George Privileges & Elections
Religion
Trade

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