Beverley Randolph

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Beverley Randolph
8th Governor of Virginia
In office
December 1, 1788 – December 1, 1791
Preceded by Edmund Randolph
Succeeded by Henry Lee III
Personal details
Born 1754
Henrico County, Virginia
Died February 7, 1797
(aged 43–44)
Cumberland County, Virginia
Resting place Westview Cemetery, Farmville, Virginia
Spouse(s) Martha Cocke
Alma mater The College of William and Mary

Beverley Randolph (1754 – February 7, 1797) was an American politician from Virginia. From 1788 to 1791, he served as the eighth Governor of Virginia.


Randolph was one of four children born to Peter Randolph, son of William Randolph II, and Lucille (Bolling) Randolph, at Turkey Island, a plantation in Henrico County, Virginia.[1][2] One of Randolph's siblings was Ann Bolling Randolph Fitzhugh, wife of William Fitzhugh.[2]

Randolph was educated at The College of William and Mary and married Martha Cocke in 1775. He served in the militia during the American Revolutionary War, was a member of the Virginia Assembly and was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1777 to 1780. When George Wythe withdrew from the Philadelphia Convention of 1787, George Mason suggested that Randolph (who happened to be in Philadelphia at the time) be appointed in his place. The Council and governor decided that in light of the abilities of Virginia's remaining delegates, Wythe did not need to be replaced. Randolph was elected Governor of Virginia in 1788, the first to be elected after Virginia ratified the United States Constitution. He died on his farm near Green Creek in Cumberland County, Virginia.


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  1. ^ Page, Richard Channing Moore (1893). "Randolph Family". Genealogy of the Page Family in Virginia (2 ed.). New York: Press of the Publishers Printing Co. pp. 249–272. 
  2. ^ a b Randolph, Robert Isham (1936). The Randolphs of Virginia: A Compilation of the Descendants of William Randolph of Turkey Island and His Wife Mary Isham Of Bermuda Hundred (PDF). 

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Archival Records
Political offices
Preceded by
Edmund Randolph
Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Henry Lee