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William Randolph

Colonist and Land Owner
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Net worth 2018: $18 Million
Industry: Miscellaneous
Residence: Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire, England
Country: British
BirthDay: 7 November 1650
Died On: April 11, 1711

William Randolph was bornon 7 November 1650 in Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire, England, British, is Colonist and Land Owner. William Randolph was a British colonist and a land owner during the late 17th and early 18th century British colony of Virginia. He was born and brought up in England and Ireland but immigrated to Virginia during his early years to make a living for himself, on the persuasion of his uncle. As soon as Randolph landed in Virginia, he took over the most lucrative market of the then British colony—that is, slave trading and tobacco plantation. He started as an ‘undertaker’ and a clerk at the Henrico county court but soon he imported 72 servants and 69 slaves into Virginia and collected land patents that were worth 20,000 acres, by the end of his life. He was also known for his exceptional political career, which started with representation of Henrico County in all the assembly of the House of Burgesses and then as the Speaker of the House of Burgesses, which ultimately led to his selection as the Clerk of the House. He was married to Mary Isham, who later on became the heiress to her father’s large estate. They had nine children together, all of them distinguished by the estates left to them.


Randolphs and his close relatives formed the major political group in the colonial government during the 18th century


When Randolph fell ill in 1702, his son William Randolph took over his position of the Clerk of the House of Burgesses


Randolph was at the peak of his political career by 1700s - he became a merchant and co-owned many ships that transported tobacco to England


From 1684 to 1698, Randolph represented Henrico County in all the assembly of the House of Burgesses and right after that he was selected as the Speaker of the House of Burgesses and later the Clerk of the House


In 1676, Nathaniel Bacon—a Virginia colonist, revolted against the government and as a result his land was confiscated


In 1675, he married Mary Isham, whose father Henry Isham was from an affluent family in Northamptonshire and married a wealthy widow in Virginia


By 1674, Randolph had accumulated enough money for the trade in of 12 people into Virginia, which is how he earned his first land patent


He was the clerk of Henrico County Court in 1673 and remained at the position for almost 10 years


He arrived in Virginia in 1672 and started his career in the colony as an ‘undertaker’ building houses, but there is not any solid evidences for it, it is all based on set of historical observations


Randolph’s uncle, Henry Randolph immigrated to Virginia and on one of his travels back to Britain in 1669, it is supposed that he convinced Randolph to move with him to Chesapeake, Virginia


In the late 1650s, his family moved to Dublin, which means that he spent his formative years in Ireland

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