Born at Boston Hill in Cumberland County, Virginia, WILLIAM HENRY CABELL attended Hampden-Sydney College from 1785 to 1789 and received a bachelor of laws degree in July 1793, from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1796, 1798, and for four terms in succession from 1802 through 1805, after which he was elected to serve as governor of Virginia for three one-year terms. His gubernatorial administration was marked by Aaron Burr's trial in Richmond for alleged treason, by the celebration of Virginia's sesquicentennial at Jamestown, and by the United States prohibition of importation of slaves from Africa. After leaving office, Cabell was elected Judge of the General Court by the General Assembly from 1808 to 1811. In March 1811, the Governor appointed Cabell to a vacancy on the Court of Appeals. He was a trustee of Hampden-Sydney College from 1809 to 1830 and served on the Board of Commissioners appointed in 1818 to select a cite for the University of Virginia. He was also reappointed to the Court of Appeals in 1830, serving as President from 1842 to 1851. His forty-one years of service made him one of the longest serving judges judges in the history of the court. He died at his Richmond home on January 13, 1853 and was buried in Shockoe cemetary.
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