First President of the American Congress, was a native of Virginia. In 1756 was appointed King's Attorney for that colony, and held the office for many years. In 1774 he was appointed a Delegate to the Congress, which assembled in Philadelphia, and was elected its president; he also presided in the Congress of 1775. He died suddenly, October 22, 1775, aged 52 years. [P. 12.]
Catalogue of the National Portraits in Independence Hall: comprising many of those of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and other distinguished persons connected with the early history of the efforts which resulted in the glorious Liberty we now enjoy. Philadelphia. 1856.