Williamsburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Alumni of the College of William and Mary
Prominent in Establishing the American Union
Richard Bland, student in 1725, the first to announce in a formal pamphlet that England and the American colonies were co-ordinate kingdoms under a common crown, 1764.
Dabney Carr, student in 1762, patron of the resolutions in 1775 for Committees of Correspondence, the first step towards united action on the part of the colonies.
Peyton Randolph, student in 1735, Speaker of the House of Burgesses, 1766-1775, and first President of the Continental Congress, 1774.
Carter Henry Harrison, scholar of the grammar school in 1753, author of the resolutions of Cumberland County, April 22, 1776 – the first positive instructions for Continental independence.
George Washington, Commander-in-chief of the Continental armies and first President of the United States. Appointed by the College to his first and last public offices-as County Surveyor in 1749, and as College Chancellor in 1789-1799.
Thomas Jefferson, student in 1760-1762, author of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.
George Wythe, student in 1746, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and first Professor of Law in the United States, 1779.
John Tyler, Sr., student in 1765, author of the resolutions in the Virginia Assembly, in 1786,
Edmund Randolph, student in 1766, author of “The Virginia Plan,” which guided the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia, in 1787.
Erected 1916 by Colonial Capital Branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.
Location. 37° 16.252′ N, 76° 42.54′ W. Marker is in Williamsburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Jamestown Road (Virginia Route 5) and Richmond Road. Touch for map. Located on the west wall of the Wren Building on the campus of the College of William & Mary. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Priorities of the College of William and Mary (a few steps from this marker); The Christopher Wren Building (a few steps from this marker); In Gallia Nati Mortui in Virginia (a few steps from this marker); Sir Christopher Wren Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Norborne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian School at the College of William & Mary College Camp (about 300 feet away); The College of William and Mary in Virginia (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
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