Thomas Nelson

Gov. Thomas Nelson

Virginia

Term(s)
June 12, 1781 - November 22, 1781

Born
December 26, 1738

Passed
January 4, 1789

Party

School(s)
Cambridge University

Status:
Resigned

Birth State
Virginia

National Office(s) Served:
Representative

Military Service:
Army

Family:
Married Lucy Grymes; thirteen children

Military Service:
Signer of the Declaration of Independence

BIO

Born in York, Virginia, THOMAS NELSON JR. was educated in England, attending Cambridge University. After returning to America, he was elected to the House of Burgesses in 1761 and then a member of the Virginia provincial convention after the House of Burgesses was dissolved by the royal governor. He helped establish the Virginia militia, becoming its first Commander. He went on to be elected to the Continental Congress and was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Nelson County, Virginia, formed in 1807, was named for Thomas Nelson, Jr.

Source

Lee, Nell Moore. Patriot Above Profit: A Portrait of Thomas Nelson, Jr. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, c1988.

Library of Virginia, Virginia Governor, Executive Papers (1781: Nelson). Accession 29604. Biographical/Historical Note. State Government Records Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA 23219.

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

Nelson Biography - U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service

The Nelson House - U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service

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