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Title Meriwether Smith document set
Date 1779 November 25 [letter]
Description 1 item - 2 leaf pamphlet with letter.
People Smith, Meriwether, 1730-1790

Harrison, Benjamin, 1726-1791
Search Terms Continental Congress

Declaration of Independence Signers


Scope & Content Meriwether Smith document set. 1 item - 2 leaf pamphlet with letter.

The letter is a request to the Speaker of the House of Delegates (Benjamin Harrison) for an audience, so that he (Smith) may bring up some matters which he feels are of importance.

Meriwether Smith, (1730-1790) Born near Dunnsville, Essex County, Va., 1730. Member of Virginia House of Burgesses, 1774-75; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1776-78, 1781; Delegate to Continental Congress from Virginia, 1778-79, 1781. Died near Ozeana, Essex County, Va., January 25, 1790. Interment at a private or family graveyard, Essex County, Va.

Benjamin Harrison, (1726-1791) -- also known as "The Signer" -- Brother-in-law of Peyton Randolph; father of Carter Bassett Harrison and William Henry Harrison (1773-1841); uncle of Beverley Randolph; grandfather of John Scott Harrison; ancestor of James Thomas Harrison; granduncle of Carter Henry Harrison; great-grandfather of Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901); great-granduncle of Carter Henry Harrison II; great-great-great-grandfather of William Henry Harrison (1896-1990). Born in Charles City County, Va., April 5, 1726. Planter; Delegate to Continental Congress from Virginia, 1774; signer, Declaration of Independence, 1776; member of Virginia state legislature, 1776; Governor of Virginia, 1782-84. Died April 24, 1791. Interment at Berkeley Plantation, Charles City County, Va. Harrison County, W.Va. is named for him.

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Admin/Biographical History John S. H. Fogg, compiler of this collection, born in Eliot, Maine. Graduated from Bowdoin College in 1846, earned a degree in medicine from Harvard College in 1850 and established his practice in South Boston, Massachusetts. While a student at Bowdoin, Dr. Fogg developed a lifelong interest in collecting autograph letters and documents, particularly those relating to the history of the United States. Paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair in 1873, Fogg gave undivided attention to building his magnificent collection. Beginning in 1875, he had completed the task by 1881.