Historical Virginians

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    Meet the notable figures of Virginia's past. These names influenced and shaped Virginia and the United States the way we know it today.

    Colonial & Revolutionary | Early American | Civil War | 20th Century 

     

    Colonial & Revolutionary

    • Nathaniel Bacon (1647-1676) led "Bacon's Rebellion" against British authority in 1676
    • George Rogers Clark (1752-1818) Charlottesville; Revolutionary War soldier captured Northwest Territories from British
    • Patrick Henry (1736-1799) Hanover; orator, patriot leader, governor; Home:Red Hill; Famous Speech: St. John's Episcopal Church, Richmond
    • Henry "Lighthorse Harry" Lee (1756-1818) Prince William County; Revolutionary War hero; father of Robert E. Lee
    • Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794) Westmoreland County; presented the proposal for independence to Continental Congress in 1776; Home:Stratford Hall 
    • George Mason (1725-1792) FairfaxCounty; author of Virginia Declaration of Rights; Home: Gunston Hall
    • Daniel Morgan (1736-1802) Shenandoah Valley; Revolutionary War soldier; leader of "Morgan's Rifles"
    • Pocahontas (1595-1617) daughter of Indian Chief Powhatan; married John Rolfe
    • Peyton Randolph (1721-1775) Williamsburg; President of First Continental Congress
    • John Smith (1579-1631) leader of first settlement at Jamestown
    • George Wythe (1726-1806) Hampton; first professor of law in an American college, the College of William and Mary
     

    Early American

    • Stephen F. Austin (1793-1836) leader of Texas independence from Mexico movement
    • James Barbour (1775-1842) Orange County; Secretary of War (1825-1828)
    • Philip P. Barbour (1783-1841); Speaker of the House (1821-1823), Supreme Court Justice (1836-1841) 
    • Henry Clay (1777-1852) Hanover County; famous orator and statesman; moved to Kentucky after youth in Virginia
    • Peter V. Daniel (1784 – 1860) Stafford County; Supreme Court Justice(1841-1860); Burial:Hollywood Cemetery 
    • John B. Floyd (1806 – 1863) Smithfield; Governor of Virginia (1849-1852); Secretary of War (1857-1861) 
    • Thomas W. Gilmer Secretary of the Navy (1844) 
    • Sam Houston (1793-1863) Rockbridge County; Governor of Tennessee (1827-1829); first President of Republic of Texas (1836-1838) 
    • Charles Lee (1731-1782) Cheshire, England; Attorney General (1795-1801)
    • John Marshall (1755-1835) Fauquier County; Chief Justice of Supreme Court (1805-1835) 
    • John Y. Mason (1799-1859) Greensville County; Secretary of the Navy (1844-1849), Attorney General (1845-1846) 
    • Edmund Randolph (1753-1813) Williamsburg; First Attorney General of the United States (1789-1794); Secretary of State (1794-1795); Governor of Virginia (1786) 
    • John Randolph (1727-1784) Williamsburg; congressman, political writer
    • Winfield Scott (1786-1866) Petersburg; General, hero of Mexican-American War
    • Alexander H. H. Stuart (1807-1891) Staunton; Secretary of the Interior (1850-1853) 
    • Abel P. Upshur (1790-1844) Northampton County; Secretary of the Navy (1841-1843) 
    • William Wirt (1772-1834) Bladensburg, MD; Attorney General (1817-1829) 
     

    Civil War

     

    20th Century

    • Henry H. Fowler (1908-2000) Roanoke; Secretary of the Treasury(1965-1968)
    • Carter Glass (1858-1946) Lynchburg; Secretary of the Treasury (1918-1920)
    • John O. Marsh Jr (1926- ) Winchester; Secretary of the Army (1980-1989)
    • Lewis F. Powell Jar. (1907-1998) Suffolk; Supreme Court Justice (1972-1990)
    • Claude A. Swanson (1862-1939) Pittsylvania County; Secretary of the Navy (1933-1940)
    • Maggie L. Walker (1867-1934) Richmond; first female bank president in America, advocate of black women's rights
    • John W. Warner (1927- ) Amherst County; Secretary of the Navy (1972-1974); U.S. Senator (1979-2009)
    • L. Douglas Wilder (1931- ) Richmond; First elected African-American Governor in U.S. history

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Last Updated: 6/17/2011 5:12 PM
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