Williamsburg & The House of Delegates
Last week, I was in Williamsburg, Virginia. This historic site is marvelous!
It was amazing to stand in the Virginia House of Delegates. In that Hall, 15 May 1776, John Tipton Esquire, voted with 111 other men, to instruct the Virginia Delegation to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia to declare independence from British rule. Virginia was the first colony to do so. In the following weeks these Delegates, Tipton among them, dratfted and adopted a Declaration of Rights of every citizen. The largest, richest and most populous colony in North America had moved decisively for what would become Democracy.
Tipton stood early for the rights of the colonists. 16 Jun 1774, he signed the Woodstock Resolutions in defiance of tyrannical English rule.
Note the Woodstock Resolutions follow the bio of Colonel John and there are links to Virginia Gazette articles regarding the Resolutions and John Tipton’s election.
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