John Randolph (1773-1833)

Known as "John Randolph of Roanoke," he was an orator and legislator. He represented Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives (1799-1813, 1815-17, 1819-25, and 1827-1929). He was a prominent and feared figure there and in the U.S. Senate (1825-27). Randolph broke off his friendship with Thomas Jefferson in 1805, over the acquisition of Florida. Appointed minister to Russia by President Jackson in 1830, he became ill and resigned. Randolph staunchly defended states' rights and individual liberty. He was eccentric and even demented during his last years, when he abused alcohol and opium. Randolph was remembered for his wit and caustic tongue. This engraving is taken from a painting by Alonzo Chappel.

1830 circa 15 years
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