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Abercromby, James (1707–1775), colonial agent and politician, was baptized on 24 August 1708 at Alloa, Clackmannanshire, the third son of Alexander Abercromby (d. 1753), MP for Clackmannanshire in the Scottish parliament, and Mary (b. c.1680), daughter of Alexander Duff of ...

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Ashe, John (1725–1781), revolutionary politician in America, was born on 24 March 1725 in Beaufort county, North Carolina, the eldest son of John Baptista Ashe (d. 1734), and his wife, Elizabeth Swann. His father, a lawyer and member of the governor's council, owned extensive property in ...

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Ashe, Samuel (1725–1813), politician and judge in the United States of America, was born near Bath, Beaufort county, North Carolina, the son of John Baptista Ashe (d. 1734), a native of Wiltshire and a lawyer, and Elizabeth Swann (d. 1729). At the time of ...

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Bacon, Nathaniel (1647–1676), politician in Virginia, was born on 2 January 1647, the son of Sir Thomas Bacon of Friston Hall, Suffolk. His mother's name has been given as Elizabeth Brooke but this seems to be a mistaken identification. He attended St Catharine's College, Cambridge...

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Bland, Richard (1710–1776), revolutionary politician in America, was born on 6 May 1710 in Williamsburg, Virginia, the eldest son of Richard Bland (1665–1720) and his second wife, Elizabeth Randolph (d. 1720). Sometimes known as ‘the Antiquary’ for his extensive knowledge of legal and constitutional history, ...

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Bordley, Thomas (c. 1683–1726), lawyer and politician in America, was born in the parish of St Hilda, South Shields, co. Durham, the youngest son among the four children of the Revd Stephen Bordley (d. 1695), vicar of St Hilda's, and his wife, ...

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James Bowdoin (1726–1790) by Robert Feke, 1748 Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine, Bequest of Mrs Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn

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Bowdoin, James (1726–1790), merchant and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 7 August 1726 in Boston, Massachusetts, the youngest child of James Bowdoin (1676–1747), a prosperous merchant and landowner, and his second wife, Hannah Portage (d. 1734). Known in his youth as ...

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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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Burke, Thomas (c. 1744–1783), physician and politician in America, was born in co. Galway, Ireland. He was the son of Ulick Burke, a man of some education and of an Anglo-Irish protestant family that had lived in Ireland since the time of Henry II...

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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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Cary, Archibald (1721–1787), revolutionary politician in America, was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, the son of Henry Cary (1675?–1749) and his second wife, Anne Edwards of Surry county (d. in or before 1741). The Virginia Carys were relatives of the merchant Carys of ...

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Caswell, Richard (1729–1789), surveyor and politician in America, was born on 3 August 1729 at Mulberry Point, a plantation overlooking Chesapeake Bay, near Joppa, Baltimore county, Maryland, the son of Richard Caswell, merchant and public official, and Christian Dallam (b. c.1690)...

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Samuel Chase (1741–1811) by John Wesley Jarvis, 1811 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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Chase, Samuel (1741–1811), revolutionary politician and judge in the United States of America, was born on 17 April 1741 at his mother's home near Princess Anne, Somerset county, Maryland, the only child of the Revd Thomas Chase (c.1703–1779), Church of England...

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Chew, Benjamin (1722–1810), jurist and politician in America, was born on 29 November 1722 at Maidstone on West River, Anne Arundel county, Maryland, one of the nine children of Samuel Chew (1693–1744), physician and jurist, and his first wife, Mary Galloway (1697–1734), daughter of ...

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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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Coombe, Thomas (1747–1822), Church of England clergyman and American loyalist, was born on 21 October 1747 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas Coombe (c.1720–1799) and his wife, Sarah, née Rutter. His father was health officer of the port of Philadelphia...