Nelson, Thomas, 1738-1789

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Birth 1738-12-26
Death 1789-01-04

Biographical notes:

Declaration of Independence signer from Virginia.

From the description of Letter to an unidentified correspondent, 1776 August 14. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 55230349

Thomas Nelson, Jr. was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, governor of Virginia, and commander of the Virginia Militia at Yorktown.

From the description of Letter, 1781 September 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122625186

Governor of Virginia, delegate from Virginia to U.S. Continental Congress, and army officer.

From the description of Note of Thomas Nelson, 1758. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79454694

Thomas Nelson, Jr. (December 26, 1738-January 4, 1789), was an American planter, soldier, and statesman from Yorktown, Virginia. He represented Virginia in the Continental Congress and was its Governor in 1781. He is regarded as one of the U.S. Founding Fathers since he signed the Declaration of Independence as a member of the Virginia delegation.

From the description of Thomas Nelson, Jr., et al, deed, to Dr. Alexander Galt for house and land, 1823 February 1. (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation). WorldCat record id: 182581875

Signer of the Declaration.

From the description of Autograph receipt signed, 1771 Dec. 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270611642

At this time, Thomas Nelson was the governor of Virginia. Daniel Morgan was the Brigadier General from Virginia. Morgan had recently defeated the British troops at the Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina.

From the description of Letter to Daniel Morgan, 1781 July 20. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155866478


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  • Canadian invasion, 1775-1776
  • Great Bridge (Va.), Battle of, 1775


  • Governors--Virginia
  • Army officers
  • Delegates, U.S. Continental Congress--Virginia


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