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James Pleasants, Jr.

(Born: October 4, 1769 - Died: November 9, 1836)

American lawyer and politician. He was born in Goochland County, VA, to James Pleasants and Ann Randolph (her third marriage). James was the first to two children from this marriage, with a brother and sister from a previous marriage. According to Appleton's Cyclopedia, James Pleasants, Jr. was a first cousin of Thomas Jefferson. He was married twice, first to Susanne Hugh and second to Caroline Matilda (Jordan)  Rose. Pleasants County, now in West Virginia, is named after him.

He was a US senator (1819-1822) and the governor of Virginia (1822-1825). He was educated by private tutors, and graduated with a degree in law from William and Mary, in Williamsburg, VA, about 1790.

James Pleasants, Jr.


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  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.

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