Bartholomew Dandridge

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Bartholomew Dandridge II (25 December 1737 – 18 April 1785) [1] was an early American lawyer, politician, jurist, Member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, and planter.

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House of Burgesses

The Virginia House of Burgesses was formed in 1642/43 by the General Assembly. By its creation, the General Assembly then became bicameral.


Early life

Dandridge was born in 1737 at Chestnut Grove in New Kent County, Virginia. [2] He was the fourth child and third eldest son of Col. John Dandridge Jr. and his wife Frances Jones. His eldest sister was Martha Washington, the first First Lady of the United States.

Chestnut Grove (plantation) 18th-century plantation in New Kent County, Virginia, United States.

Chestnut Grove was an 18th-century plantation house on the Pamunkey River near New Kent Court House in New Kent County, Virginia, United States. Chestnut Grove is best known as the birthplace of Martha Washington, wife of George Washington, and the first First Lady of the United States. Martha Washington was born in the east room of the mansion.

New Kent County, Virginia County in the United States

New Kent County is a county located in the eastern part the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,429. Its county seat is New Kent.

Virginia State of the United States of America

Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States located between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" due to its status as the first English colonial possession established in mainland North America and "Mother of Presidents" because eight U.S. presidents were born there, more than any other state. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city, and Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision. The Commonwealth's estimated population as of 2017 is over 8.4 million.


Dandridge studied law and quickly made an outstanding reputation. He was elected to the Convention in Richmond in 1775. In 1779, Dandridge was appointed to the general court and because of that he was a judge on the first Court of Appeals. He held that position until his death in 1785. [3]

Supreme Court of Virginia the highest court in the U.S. state of Virginia

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  1. Harris, M. (2006). Old New Kent County [Virginia]: Some Account of the Planters, Plantations, and Places. p. 82. ISBN   978-0-8063-5293-0 . Retrieved 2 July 2018. Bartholomew Dandridge born December 25, 1737 2 o'clock A. M.
  2. Virginia. Council of State; Treadway, S.G.; Virginia State Library; Virginia. Committee of Safety (1982). Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia. Division of Purchase and Printing. p. 383. Retrieved 2 July 2018. Bartholomew Dandridge (1737–1785), the fourth child of John and Frances (Jones) Dandridge, was born in New Kent County on 25 December 1737. He entered the legal profession and established a successful practice in the county court .
  3. Kneebone, J.T. (1998). Dictionary of Virginia Biography. Dictionary of Virginia Biography. Library of Virginia. p. 675. ISBN   978-0-88490-206-5 . Retrieved 2 July 2018. Although the Court of Appeals met for the first time in the spring of 1779, Dandridge did not take his seat until 29 March ... On 18 April 1785 Bartholomew Dandridge died of unknown causes, probably at Pamocra in New Kent County, where he ...