(17 April 1732 – 31 August 1800)
Jurist, legislator, farmer and slaveholder. Having practised law, he joined the Virginia House of Burgesses prior to the Revolution. On its outbreak he helped to draft the Virginian constitution and the Virginia Declaration of Rights. As a judge he held several senior positions within the state’s courts. He was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and afterwards a US Supreme Court judge. He was also a farmer and owned several slaves.