James Wood

James Wood

Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia, USA
Death 16 Jun 1813 (aged 72)
Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 43816804 · View Source
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Virginia Governor. He was educated privately and at age 19 was appointed Deputy Clerk of the Frederick County Court. From 1766 to 1775 he served in the Virginia House of Burgesses. As a Captain in the Militia he took part in the 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant against American Indians in what is now Ohio. At the start of the American Revolution he as appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the Frederick County Militia, and he was soon commissioned as Colonel and commander of the 12th Virginia Regiment, a unit of the Continental Army. He took part in several battles, including Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth and Fort Poulus, and later served as the Quartermaster responsible fo feeding and housing British prisoners after the Battle of Saratoga. In 1784 he was elected to Virginia's Executive Council, and he served until 1796. A Federalist, he supported adoption of the US Constitution, and was one of Virginia's Electoral College members for the first presidential election in 1789, casting his vote for George Washington. In 1796 he was elected Governor, and he served until 1799. Wood was President of the Society of the Cincinnati from 1802 until his death.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 43816804
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Wood (28 Jan 1741–16 Jun 1813), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43816804, citing Saint John's Episcopal Churchyard, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .