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Hopewell, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

John Randolph

John Randolph Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 29, 2010
1. John Randolph Marker
Inscription.  of Roanoke. Great American stateman and orator, born 1773 at "Cawson's", nearby on Appomattox River, home of his maternal grandfather Theodoric Bland St.
Erected 1961.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical year for this entry is 1773.
Location. 37° 18.382′ N, 77° 17.425′ W. Marker is in Hopewell, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of West Randolph Road and North 3½ Avenue, in the median on West Randolph Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hopewell VA 23860, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Depot Field Hospital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Memorial (about 700 feet away); Peter Francisco (approx. ¼ mile away); Dr. M. L. King, Jr. (approx. ¼ mile away); "Captain Francis Eppes Making Friends with the Appomattox Indians" (approx. ¼ mile away); In Honor of Those Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cpl Philip R Smith
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); Pvt. John G. Smith (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hopewell.
W Randolph Rd (facing east) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 29, 2010
2. W Randolph Rd (facing east)
John Randolph image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
3. John Randolph
This portrait of John Randolph by John Wesley Jarvis hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Against the wave of War Hawks who swept into Congress in 1811, Virginian John Randolph of Roanoke stood opposed. Randolph saw war with Britain as foolhardy, driven by land hunger rather than as a defense of American sovereignty. ‘We have heard but one word,’ Randolph accused his fellow congressmen, ‘like the whip-poor-will … Canada! Canada! Canada!’ An aristocratic and eccentric man who brought his hunting dogs into the House chamber, Randolph's colleagues feared his sharp tongue; his biting speeches proved in some ways prophetic. ‘Gentlemen, you have made war. You have finished the ruin of our country. And before you conquer Canada … the Capitol will be a ruin.’ With a brief interruption, he continued to serve in Congress until 1829. He was a financially successful slaveholder who defended the necessity of slavery but freed his slaves in his will.” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,273 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 29, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   3. submitted on August 26, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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