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Beckford, Peter (bap. 1643, d. 1710), planter in Jamaica and politician, was baptized on 19 November 1643 at St James, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, the son of Peter Beckford, 'a shadowy and humble figure' whose dates of birth and death are unknown (Alexander, 29...

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Bulloch, Archibald Stobo (1730–1777), planter and revolutionary politician in America, was born in Charles Town, South Carolina, the son of James Bulloch (1701–1780) clergyman and planter, and Jean Stobo. Archibald studied law and was admitted to the bar before 1758, when he moved to ...

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Charles Carroll (1737–1832) by Thomas Sully, 1826 courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society

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Carroll, Charles [known as Charles Carroll of Carrollton] (1737–1832), planter and politician in the United States of America, was born on Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, Maryland, on 19 September 1737, the only child of Charles Carroll of Annapolis (1702–1782) and his common-law wife, ...

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Carroll, Charles [called the Barrister] (1723–1783), planter and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 22 March 1723, at King George Street, Annapolis, Maryland, the eldest of three children of Charles Carroll (1691–1755), physician and ironmaster, and his first wife, Dorothy Blake...

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Robert Carter (1663–1732) by unknown artist, c. 1720 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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Carter, Robert [called King Carter] (1663–1732), planter and politician in America, was born in Lancaster county in the Northern Neck of colonial Virginia. He was the son of Colonel John Carter (d. 1669), 'the emigrant', a prosperous planter, and his fourth wife, ...

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Codrington, Christopher (1639/40–1698), planter and colonial official, was born in Barbados, the son of Christopher Codrington (d. 1656), a planter and land speculator in Barbados, and Frances Drax, the sister of the prominent planter Sir James Drax. Nothing is known of his wife, ...

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Coode, John (c. 1648–1709), planter and politician in America, was born in Penryn, Cornwall, the second of three sons of John Coode (1622–1713), lawyer, and his wife, Grace (d. 1694), daughter of Thomas Robins of Glasney College. Coode briefly attended Exeter College, Oxford...

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Dawkins, Henry (1728–1814), plantation and slave owner and politician, was born in Clarendon, Jamaica, on 24 May 1728, the fourth child and third son of Henry Dawkins (1698–1744) and his wife, Elizabeth (c.1695–1757), daughter of Edward Pennant, chief justice of Jamaica...

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Drayton, William Henry (1742–1779), planter and revolutionary leader in America, was born in September 1742 at Drayton Hall, St Andrew's parish, South Carolina, the son of John Drayton (1713?–1779), a wealthy planter and public official, and Charlotta (1719–1743), daughter of Lieutenant-Governor William Bull...

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Grant, Sir Alexander Cray, eighth baronet (1782–1854), planter in the West Indies and politician, was born on 30 November 1782 at Bowring's Leigh, Devon, the eldest son of Sir Alexander Grant, seventh baronet (d. 1825), and his wife, Sarah, the daughter and heir of ...

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Benjamin Harrison (c. 1726–1791) by unknown artist The Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia

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Harrison, Benjamin (c. 1726–1791), planter and revolutionary politician in America, was probably born at Berkeley, the family residence, in Charles City county, Virginia, the oldest surviving son of Benjamin Harrison (1701–1744/5), a prosperous planter, and Anne Carter (b. c.1699), the daughter of ...

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Hooper, Henry (c. 1687–1767), planter, lawyer, and politician in America, was born in Dorchester county, Maryland, the son of Henry Hooper (c.1643–1720), planter and politician, and his second wife, Mary (1663–1740), daughter of Roger Woolford. A third-generation Marylander, Hooper was a member of a prominent eastern shore family and a man of considerable influence. While little is known about his early life and formal education, he was a practising member of the ...

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Johnston, Samuel (1733–1816), planter and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 15 December 1733 in Dundee, the son of Samuel Johnston (1702–1757) and Helen, née Scrymsoure (d. 1750). In 1735 his parents moved to North Carolina where his uncle, Gabriel Johnston...

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Jones, Noble (1702–1775), colonial politician and planter, was born in Lambeth, Surrey; details of his parents and education are unknown. By 1722 he had married Sarah Hack (c.1703–c.1752), with whom he had two sons and a daughter. A close friend of ...

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Richard Henry Lee (1733–1794) by Charles Willson Peale, c. 1785 Independence National Historical Park

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Lee, Richard Henry (1733–1794), revolutionary politician and planter in America, was born on 20 January 1733 in Westmoreland county, Virginia, the fourth of eight surviving children of Thomas Lee (1690–1750) and Hannah (1701–1750), daughter of Philip Ludwell of Green Spring, Virginia, and his wife, ...

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Lloyd, Edward (1671–1719), planter and politician in America, was born on 7 February 1671 at Wye House, Talbot county, Maryland, the eldest of the three sons and seven daughters of Colonel Philemon Lloyd (1645/6–1685), planter, merchant, and politician, and his wife, Henrietta Maria (1647–1697)...