Bartholomew Dandridge

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Bartholomew Dandridge II (25 December 1737 – 18 April 1785)[1] was an early American lawyer, politician, jurist, Member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, and planter.

Early life[edit]

Dandridge was born in 1737 at Chestnut Grove in New Kent County, Virginia.[2] He was the fourth child and third eldest son of Col. John Dandridge Jr. and his wife Frances Jones. His eldest sister was Martha Washington, the first First Lady of the United States.


Dandridge studied law and quickly made an outstanding reputation. He was elected to the Convention in Richmond in 1775. In 1779, Dandridge was appointed to the general court and because of that he was a judge on the first Court of Appeals. He held that position until his death in 1785.[3]


  1. ^ Harris, M. (2006). Old New Kent County [Virginia]: Some Account of the Planters, Plantations, and Places. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-8063-5293-0. Retrieved 2 July 2018. Bartholomew Dandridge born December 25, 1737 2 o'clock A. M. 
  2. ^ Virginia. Council of State; Treadway, S.G.; Virginia State Library; Virginia. Committee of Safety (1982). Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia. Division of Purchase and Printing. p. 383. Retrieved 2 July 2018. Bartholomew Dandridge (1737–1785), the fourth child of John and Frances (Jones) Dandridge, was born in New Kent County on 25 December 1737. He entered the legal profession and established a successful practice in the county court . 
  3. ^ Kneebone, J.T. (1998). Dictionary of Virginia Biography. Dictionary of Virginia Biography. Library of Virginia. p. 675. ISBN 978-0-88490-206-5. Retrieved 2 July 2018. Although the Court of Appeals met for the first time in the spring of 1779, Dandridge did not take his seat until 29 March ... On 18 April 1785 Bartholomew Dandridge died of unknown causes, probably at Pamocra in New Kent County, where he ...