Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Senator William Grayson

Col. William Grayson

Reproduction (ca. 1900 and 1950) of a painting miniature (19th Century) by unknown artist

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William Grayson
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Life dates: 1736 or 1737-12 March 1790
Place of Residence (1789): Dumfries, Virginia
Occupation (1789): Lawyer
Place of Birth: Dumfries, Virginia
Age (March 4, 1789): 53
Religion (1789): Episcopalian
College Education: College of Philadelphia [University of Pennsylvania]
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: Officer, Continental Army
Prior Political Offices: Continental Congress
State Legislature
Confederation Congress
Delegate to Federal Convention: No
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: Yes
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Anti
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Low
Last year of continuous service in Senate: 1790
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