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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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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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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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Gooch, Sir William, first baronet (1681–1751), army officer and politician in America, was born on 21 October 1681 in Yarmouth, the son of Thomas Gooch (d. 1688), alderman of Yarmouth, and Frances (d. 1696), daughter of Thomas Lone of Worlington, Suffolk...

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Hamilton, Alexander (1757–1804), politician in the United States of America, was born on 11 January 1757 in Nevis, British West Indies, the second of two illegitimate sons of James Hamilton (c.1718–1799), itinerant trader, and Rachel Faucett Lavien (c.1729–1768). His father deserted the family when ...

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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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Jefferson, Thomas (1743–1826), revolutionary politician and president of the United States of America, was born on 13 April 1743 at Shadwell, Albemarle county, Virginia, the first son and third child of the ten children of Peter Jefferson (1708–1757), planter, surveyor, and office-holder, and ...

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Jones, Noble Wimberly (c. 1723–1805), physician and revolutionary politician in America, was born in Lambeth, Surrey, the eldest child of Noble Jones (1702–1775) and his wife, Sarah Hack (c.1703–c.1752). In 1733 he accompanied his parents and younger sister Mary...

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Laurens, Henry (1724–1792), revolutionary politician in America and merchant, was born on 6 March 1724 in Charles Town, South Carolina, the first son and third of the six children of Esther (Hester) Grasset (1700–1742) and John Samuel Laurens (1696–1747). Descended from French Huguenot refugees, the family had moved to ...

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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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Madison, James (1751–1836), revolutionary politician in America and president of the United States of America, was born on 5 March 1751 in King George county, Virginia, near the Rappahannock River (on the estate of his maternal grandmother, at the site of the future town of ...

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Morris, Gouverneur (1752–1816), revolutionary politician and diplomatist in the United States of America, was born on 31 January 1752 at Morrisania, Westchester county, New York, son of Lewis Morris jun. (d. 1762), New York landlord and politician, and his second wife, Sarah Gouverneur (...

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Morris, Lewis (1671–1746), politician in America, was born on 15 October 1671 at New York city, the only child of Richard Morris (1616–1672), a merchant from Monmouthshire, and Sarah Pole (c.1649–1672) of Barbados. Following the deaths of his parents his uncle ...

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Morris, Robert (1735–1806), financier and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 20 January 1735 in Liverpool to Robert Morris (1711–1750) and Elizabeth Murphet. Nothing further is known of his mother, and Morris was probably raised by his grandmother. Before 1740 his father left nail-making in ...

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Randolph, Peyton (1721/2–1775), planter and revolutionary politician in America, was probably born in Williamsburg, Virginia, the second of the three sons and one of the four children of Sir John Randolph (1693–1737), planter and speaker of the Virginia house of burgesses in 1734 and 1736, and ...

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Smith, William (1727–1793), lawyer and politician in America, was born in New York city on 18 June 1727, the first child and namesake of William Smith (1697–1769), the foremost attorney in New York during the first half of the eighteenth century, and Mary Het (1710–1754)...

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Sumter, Thomas (1734–1832), revolutionary army officer and politician in the United States of America, was born on 14 July or 14 August 1734 in the Preddy's Creek settlement of Hanover county, Virginia, near present-day Charlottesville. Second of four children born to William Sumter...

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Washington, George (1732–1799), revolutionary army officer and president of the United States of America, was born on 11 February 1732 at his family's plantation near Pope's Creek, Westmoreland county, Virginia, the first of six children of Augustine Washington (1694–1743), planter, and his second wife, ...