James Mercer (jurist)
|Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court|
November 14, 1789 – October 31, 1793
February 26, 1736|
Stafford County, Virginia
|Died||October 31, 1793
|Alma mater||College of William and Mary|
|Occupation||Lawyer, soldier, judge, politician|
James Mercer (February 26, 1736 – October 31, 1793), also known as William James Mercer, was an American soldier, jurist and political figure.
Mercer was born in Virginia at Malborough plantation on February 26, 1736. He was the son of John Mercer and Catherine Mason Mercer. He graduated from the College of William and Mary about 1755. After graduation, he went to serve as a captain in the French and Indian War and became the commander of Fort Loudoun in Winchester, Virginia, in 1756.
He was appointed a judge of the general court in 1780 and became a judge on the first Court of Appeals as a result. In 1789, he was appointed as a member of the reorganized Court of Appeals. He remained on the bench of that court until his death in Richmond on October 31, 1793.
- James Mercer at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- James Mercer at Find a Grave
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