11 Facts About Richard Bland


Richard Bland served more than 30 years in the House of Burgesses, Virginia's colonial legislative assembly.

FactSnippet No. 2,224,702

In 1766, Richard Bland wrote an influential pamphlet questioning the right of the British Parliament to impose taxes on colonists without their consent.

FactSnippet No. 2,224,703

Richard Bland's father, Richard Bland I, was a member of one of the patriarchal First Families of Virginia and was related to many of the others.

FactSnippet No. 2,224,704

Richard Bland married Anne Poythress, the daughter of Colonel Peter and Ann Poythress, from Henrico County, Virginia.

FactSnippet No. 2,224,705

Richard Bland served as a justice of the peace in Prince George County and was made a militia officer in 1739.

FactSnippet No. 2,224,706

Richard Bland frequently served on committees whose role was to negotiate or frame laws and treaties.

FactSnippet No. 2,224,707

Sometimes described as a bookish scholar as well as farmer, Richard Bland read law and was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1746.

FactSnippet No. 2,224,708

Richard Bland did not practice before the courts but collected legal documents and became known for his expertise in Virginia and British history and law.

FactSnippet No. 2,224,709

Richard Bland's first widely distributed public paper came as a result of the Parson's Cause, which was a debate from 1759 to 1760 over the established church and the kind and rate of taxes used to pay the Anglican clergy.

FactSnippet No. 2,224,710

Richard Bland believed that reconciliation with England was still possible and desirable.

FactSnippet No. 2,224,711

Richard Bland served on the committee which drafted Virginia's first constitution in 1776.

FactSnippet No. 2,224,712