Biography of Benjamin Edwards
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Edwards, Benjamin, born in Stafford county. Virginia. He obtained a common school education. and became a planter and merchant in Maryland. He was a member of the state convention that ratified the Federal constitution; a member of the state general assembly and filled the unexpired term of Uriah Forrest in Congress, 1794-95. William Wirt was a tutor in his family, and was aided by him to an education. He died in Stafford county, Virginia, November 13, 1826, hung by the side of Bolivar in golden letters, in the saloon of the Cabildo of Popavan. When taken out to execution he advanced before his fellow prisoners and said to them, "Let me be the first to receive death, in order that I may show my fellow patriots how a republican can die." Macaulay, Alexander, Jr., son of Alexander Macaulay and Elizabeth Jerdone, his wife. was born at Yorktown, Virginia, February 20, 1787. Being of an adventurous turn he visited Columbia in 181t and took part in its struggle for independence. He captured a Spanish camp at Popayan and was made lieutenant colonel in the army of the patriots. At Pasto an armistice was patched up, and on his way back to Popayan he was treacherously attacked near Cotambuco and taken prisoner. By an order of the Spanish president. Don Torribes Montes. he was executed in the city of Pasto in the month of January, or the beginning of February, 1813. A writer in the Washington Intelligence," in 1816. states that Macaulay was the idol of the people of Venezuela and New Grenada. and his name was


FROM:
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume II
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915



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