Randolph, Edward, approximately 1632-1703

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Birth 1632
Death 1703

Biographical notes:

Edward Randolph was a royal office holder who spent most of his service in America. He played a role in the revocation of the Massachusetts charter and held several offices within the Dominion of New England. In 1692, Randolph came to Virginia as surveyor-general of customs. He worked tirelessly to shore up the collection of His Majesty's customs. His report on illegal trade in America heavily influenced the Navigation Act of 1696.

From the description of An Account of generall things, whereby the illegall trade is encouraged in Virginia, Maryland, & Pensilvania, together [with] methods for prevention thereof, humbly offered to the ... consideration of the hon[ora]ble the Commissioners of his Ma[jes]ties Customs, 1695 / by Edward Randolph Surveyor Generall. (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation). WorldCat record id: 772961579

Public official of Massachusetts.

From the description of Report of Edward Randolph, 1682. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449612

Edward Randolph (c. 1732-1703) was appointed English agent to Massachusetts Bay in 1676 to carry instructions requiring the colonial government to send agents to England to answer several complaints. Randolph was also required to write a complete report on the colony, including its administration, commerce, and finances. As a result, he attempted to have the colony's charter annulled and was instrumental in the establishment of the regime of Governor Edmund Andros (1673-1714).

From the description of Report on New England, 1676. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 191259688

Colonial government official who served as surveyor general of customs, 1692-1697.

From the description of ADS, [ca. 1692-1697]. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 17308657


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  • Commerce
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  • Customs administration
  • Indians of North America
  • Colonial agents
  • Navigation acts, 1649-1696


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