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Beverley Randolph

Gov. Beverley Randolph

  • November 12, 1788 - December 1, 1791
  • January 1, 1754
  • February 7, 1797
  • Virginia
  • College of William and Mary
  • Married Martha Cocke; one child
  • Succeeded
  • National Guard


BEVERLEY RANDOLPH was born in Chatsworth, Virginia and graduated from the College of William and Mary in Willamsburg in 1771. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1777 and from 1779-1781, and President of the Council of State of Virginia in 1783, 1786, 1787, and 1788. As President of the Council of State, he became acting governor when Edmund Randolph resigned. The first governor to serve after Virginia joined the Union, he was elected by the state legislature to three one-year terms, during which the District of Kentucky was organized into an independent state, the first census was taken, and the unanimous election of George Washington as President of the United States occurred. After leaving office, Randolph retired to his estate in Cumberland County, Virginia.

*Note: exact date of birth is not known.


Library of Virginia, Virginia Governor, Executive Papers (1788-1791: Randolph).  Accession 40287. Biographical/Historical Note. State Government Records Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA  23219.

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 5. New York: James T. White & Company.

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

Salmon, Emily and Edward D. C. Campbell, Jr.  Hornbook of Virginia History. 4th ed. Richmond: Library of Virginia, 1994.

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