Munford, William, was born in Mecklenburg county, Virginia, August 15, 1775, son of Col. Robert Munford, a brave
soldier in the revolution, and author. His lather died when he was seven years of age, and his education was left
to his mother, who, like her husband, was endowed with literary gifts. He studied the ancient languages and literature
at William and Mary College, under George \Vythe, who afterwards was his tutor in the study of law. Completing
his legal course at the age of twenty-one. he immediately entered upon an unusually brilliant and engrossing career.
Until his twenty-fifth year he sat in the Virginia house of delegates, and for four years represented his native
county in the state senate. At the end of that period he removed tc Richmond, and served in the privy council until
1811, when he became clerk in the house of delegates, and held that office until his death. He acted for several
years as reporter of the decisions of the supreme court of appeals, of which he prepared, with some assistance,
ten volumes, from 1809 to 1820. In 1819 he assisted Benjamin Watkins Leigh in the revision of the Virginia statute
laws, Of Mr. Munford's poetry, the earliest published was is 1798, "Poems and Compositions in Prose on Several
Occasions." This included a tragedy, "Almoran and Hamet," and a number of poems, most of which showed
the influence of classical literature on the author. He occupied the leisure of his maturer years in making a translation
of Homer's "Iliad" in blank verse, which was published posthumously in 1848. Mr. Munford died at Richmond,
Virginia, June 21, 1825.
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915
Vol. 2 Prominent Persons in Virginia
Vol. 2 Judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals
Vol. 2 United States Senators
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