William Randolph Biography
(Colonist and Land Owner)
Birthday: November 7, 1650 (Scorpio)
Born In: Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire, England
William Randolph was a British colonist and a land owner during the late 17th and early 18th century British colony of Virginia. He was born and brought up in England and Ireland but immigrated to Virginia during his early years to make a living for himself, on the persuasion of his uncle. As soon as Randolph landed in Virginia, he took over the most lucrative market of the then British colony—that is, slave trading and tobacco plantation. He started as an ‘undertaker’ and a clerk at the Henrico county court but soon he imported 72 servants and 69 slaves into Virginia and collected land patents that were worth 20,000 acres, by the end of his life. He was also known for his exceptional political career, which started with representation of Henrico County in all the assembly of the House of Burgesses and then as the Speaker of the House of Burgesses, which ultimately led to his selection as the Clerk of the House. He was married to Mary Isham, who later on became the heiress to her father’s large estate. They had nine children together, all of them distinguished by the estates left to them.