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Peyton Randolph was born into an eminent Virginia family and educated, in the tradition of the time, in England. He Graduated Oxford University with honors and returned to Virginia to study law. He joined the Virginia Bar and was later made Attorney General of the colony. Randolph was also a military leader in the defense of the colony against Indian attack during the French and Indian War. At the end of the war he was elected to the House of Burgesses, where he often presided. He was the House leader when •Patrick Henry made his stand against the Stamp act, and later when the House was dissolved by the governor for its resolutions against parliamentary aggression to Massachusetts. He left his seat in the House of Burgesses to attend the first Continental Congress in 1774, was elected President of the congress by unanimous vote and so became the first President of the united colonies. He was again elected President the following session but, his health failing, he resigned the office 14 days later. He resumed a seat in the congress the following September but died that October in Philadelphia.
|26k||Artist sketch of the Continental Navy Frigate Randolph under way.||Tommy Trampp|
|415k||Sketch by J. O. Davidson, 1891, of the Continental Navy Frigate Randolph engaging HMS Yarmouth, 7 March 1778.
Randolph was under the command of CAPT. Nicholas Biddle and HMS Yarmouth was under the command of CAPT. Nicholas Vincent, RN.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1102, US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics photo # BUAER 178950.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 56445
|207k||Black and white photos of a two watercolors by artist Warren depicting the Continental Navy Frigate Randolph blowing up during the battle with HMS Yarmouth, 7 March 1778, east of the Barbados,
7 March 1778. CAPT. Biddle was killed during the action.|
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #'s HN 56444 and NH 56445. Description: Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News Virginia.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 56444
|925k||The explosion and sinking of Randolph tragically cut short CAPT. Nicolas Biddle's career, but the 27-year-old had already
tallied more than his fair share of perils and feats at sea. His name would endure in American Naval lore.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1170.
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