(11 December 1725 – 7 October 1792)
Planter, slave owner, militia officer and legislator. He joined the Virginia House of Burgesses and later the revolutionary Virginia Convention. He was central to the creation of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and constitution. Though he joined the Virginia legislature he refused to attend the Continental Congress. Chosen as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention but refused to sign the final document and opposed ratification. He also opposed slavery, but would not free his own slaves.