Peyton Randolph studied at the Temple in London and served as his Native Colony’s Attorney General. At William and Mary College, he tutored many men of the South including Patrick Henry.
In Williamsburg, Randolph’s home was a place for Virginia’s legal and political gentry and is still a popular attraction in the restored colonial capital. Randolph had served as a delegate in the Virginia House of Burgesses,
and was also a commander for William Byrd in the colonial army. He was a self-educated scholar who began reading classic literature at the age of thirteen. Even though he suffered poor health, he served the continental Congress as president twice.
First he served in 1774 from September 5th to October 21st and then again for a couple of days in 1775 from May 10th to May 23rd. Peyton Randolph died before he could see independence.