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

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

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.

Attended University of Edinburgh

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

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

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).