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Peyton Randolph (governor)

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Peyton Randolph
Portrait by Thomas Sully, 1806
Acting Governor of Virginia
In office
December 26, 1811 – January 3, 1812
Preceded byGeorge W. Smith
Succeeded byJames Barbour
Personal details
Born1779 (1779)
Williamsburg, Virginia
Died (aged 49)
Richmond, Virginia

Peyton Randolph (1779 – December 26, 1828) was a Democratic-Republican politician from Virginia who served as acting Governor of Virginia for several days at the end of 1811 and beginning of 1812.


Randolph was the son of Edmund Jennings Randolph, who had been a delegate to the Continental Congress, Governor of Virginia, and the first U.S. Attorney General. He was born in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1779, graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1798, studied law, and practiced in Richmond.

He served on the Virginia Privy Council from 1809 to 1812. Following the death of Governor George William Smith and 68 others in the Richmond Theatre fire on December 26, 1811, Randolph served as the Acting Governor of Virginia, from December 26, 1811, until January 3, 1812.

For many years Randolph was clerk of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. He was the court's official reporter from 1821 until his death and produced the Virginia Reports, the court's official published case records.[1]

He died in Richmond on December 26, 1828.


  1. ^ Bryson, William Hamilton (2000). Virginia Law Books By William Hamilton Bryson. American Philosophical Society. ISBN 9780871692399.
Political offices
Preceded by Acting Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
James Barbour