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John Clopton

John Clopton (February 7, 1756 – September 11, 1816) was a United States Representative from Virginia.

Biography

John Clopton was born in St. Peter's Parish, near Tunstall, New Kent County, Virginia on 7 February 1756. His father was William Clopton (1721–1796) and his mother was Elizabeth Dorrell Ford (1727–1785). He graduated from the College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania) in 1776. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and practiced. He served as first lieutenant and as captain in the Virginia militia during the American Revolutionary War, and was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine.

He married Sarah Bacon on May 15, 1784, daughter of Edmund Bacon and Elizabeth Edloe. They had several children. Izard (1785-), Maria L. Adelaide (1788-), John Bacon (1789–1860), William Edmund (1791–1848), and Sarah Elizabeth (1804–1843).

Clopton was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1789 to 1791, and was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses, serving from March 4, 1795 to March 3, 1799. He was a member of the Virginia Privy Council from 1799 to 1801, and was elected to the Seventh and to the seven succeeding Congresses; during the Tenth Congress he was chairman of the Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business. He served from March 4, 1801 until

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