Biography of Charles Lynch
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Lynch, Charles, born in Virginia, son of Charles Lynch, a native of Ireland, from whence he came to this country in boyhood. later settling on a large portion of land situated on the James river, near rhe Peaks of Otter; Charles Jr. served as colonel of a regiment of riflemen in the revolutionary war, and his services at Guilford, North Carolina, were conspicuous for gallantry; he is said to have originated and enacted the celebrated code called "Lynch Law" during the revolution, in order to punish a band of lawless tories and desperadoes about Lynchburg, which place was founded by his brother John; Col. Lynch, who was a staunch \Vhig, organized and led a party of patriots and scoured the country for the desperadoes. and when taken gave them a summary trial at which he sat as judge, empaneled a jury and executed punishment; he died near Staunton, Virginia, about 1783.


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



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