EDMUND RANDOLPH, first attorneygeneral of the United States, was born in Virginia, August 10, 1753. His father,
John Randolph, was attorney general of Virginia, and lived and died a royalist. Edmund was educated in the law,
but joined the army as aide-de-camp to Washington in 1775, at Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was elected to the Virginia
convention in 1776, and attorney general of the state the same year. In 1779 he was elected to the Continental
congress, and served four years. in that body. He was a member of the convention in 1787 that framed the constitution.
In that convention he proposed what was known as the "Virginia plan" of confederation, but it was rejected.
He advocated the ratification of the constitution in the Virginia convention, although he had refused to sign it.
He became governor of Virginia in 1788, and the next year Washington appointed him to the office of attorney general
of the United States. upon the organization of the government under the constitution. He was appointed secretary
of state to succeed Jefferson during Washington's second term, but resigned a year later on account of differences
in the cabinet concerning the policy pursued toward the new French republic. He died September 12, 1813.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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