On top of that, I've never heard of Peyton Randolph. Now if you are a Colonial History buff, please forgive me. But I had no idea who he is. Turns out he was a member of the House of Burgesses and the Continental Congress. Again, please forgive me, I'm still a bit vague on what the gentlemen in the House of Burgesses did and who exactly the Contintal Congress was. My only excuse is that we moved around so much maybe I missed out on some early American history some where? Who knows.
Back to Peyton Randolph. The interpreters at the house will go so far as to say that if Mr. Randolph had not died in 1775 of what is believed to have been a stroke, he would have been known as the Founding Father today. Interesting. His brother was a loyalist and went back to England.
There are a vareity of sources that google provides for Peyton Randolph, the following is from Colonial Williamsburg's :
If his friend George Washington succeeded him as America’s patriarch, Randolph nevertheless did as much as any Virginian to bring the new nation into the world. He presided over every important Virginia assembly in the years leading to the Revolution, was among the first of the colony's great men to oppose the Stamp Act, chaired the first meeting of the delegates of 13 colonies at Philadelphia in 1774, and chaired the second in 1775.
Today I took all 5 in around 10 AM and we walked to the Coffee House that has been built down by the Capitol. It wasn't there when I was in High School. They did some archeological work, moved the house that was there, and built this Coffee House where they believe many of the discussions were held regarding things like the Stamp Tax. Anyway, today they had a whole list of things going on as part of "Revolutionary City" program. There were some gentlemen from the time period arguing in the street, and they had a few things to say when the tax collector arrived. And one of the slaves was telling another slave about Patrick Henry and so on.