James Henry, April 13, 1782-December 24, 1788

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Born 1731, in Accomack County
Died December 9, 1804, in Northumberland County

Appointed to the Court of Admiralty by Governor Benjamin Harrison on April 13, 1782, and became a member, ex-officio, of the Court of Appeals. Elected by the General Assembly to the Court of Admiralty on July 3, 1782. Service terminated by reorganization of the courts, which dissolved the Court of Admiralty.

Other judicial service:
Judge, Court of Admiralty, 1782-1788
Judge, General Court, 1788-1800

Education:
Attended University of Edinburgh

Professional career:
Private practice in Accomack County
Burgess, 1772-1774
Delegate, Virginia Convention, 1774
State delegate, 1776-1779
Virginia representative, Continental Congress, 1780-1781


Sources:
Appointed to the Court of Admiralty, Journal of the Council of State of Virginia, December 1, 1781-November 29, 1786 (Richmond: Commonwealth of Virginia Division of Printing, 1952), v. 1, 76-77; qualified (took the oath of office) as a judge on the Court of Appeals in April 1783, The Hornbook of Virginia History, Judges of the Supreme Court of Virginia, published in 2013 in the Encyclopedia Virginia, retrieved on March 6, 2014; born in Accomack County, attended the University of Edinburgh, career, and death, James Henry (1731-1804), Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-present, retrieved on January 13, 2014; service on the General Court, Thomas Jefferson Headlee, Jr., “The Virginia State Court System, 1776-,” (Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1969), 2.

See also 4 Call (8 Va.) , 626, which states that Henry was born in Scotland and read law in Philadelphia, and that he was elected to the Court of Admiralty in 1779, not 1782 (records of the Court of Admiralty do not survive).