About Beverley Randolph
8th Governor of Virginia; first after Virginia ratified the U.S. Consitution.
Beverley Randolph (1754 – February 7, 1797) was an American politician from Virginia. He served as the eighth Governor of Virginia from 1788 to 1791.
Beverley was one of four children born to Peter Randolph (William Randolph II and Elizabeth Beverley's son) and Lucille (Bolling) Randolph (Robert Bolling Jr.'s daughter), at Turkey Island in Henrico County. One of Beverley's siblings was William Fitzhugh's wife, Ann Bolling Randolph Fitzhugh. (Turkey Island is both an island in the James River and the name of the Randolph family plantation.)
Beverley was educated at William and Mary and married Martha Cocke in 1775. He served in the militia during the Revolutionary War, was a member of the Virginia Assembly and was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1777 to 1780. When George Wythe withdrew from the Philadelphia Convention of 1787, George Mason suggested that Randolph (who happened to be in Philadelphia at the time) be appointed in his place. The Council and governor decided that in light of the abilities of Virginia's remaining delegates, Wythe did not need to be replaced. Randolph was elected Governor of Virginia in 1788, the first to be elected after Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution. He died on his farm near Green Creek in Cumberland County.