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William Branch Giles

Born: Aug 12, 1762

Death: Dec 4, 1830

Birthplace: Amelia County

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

William Branch Giles

Date of Birth : Aug 12, 1762
Date of Death : Dec 4, 1830
Birth Place : Amelia County

William Branch Giles was an American statesman, long-term Senator from Virginia, and the 24th Governor of Virginia. He served in the House of Representatives from 1790 to 1798 and again from 1801 to 1803; in between, he was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and was an Elector for Jefferson in 1800. He served as United States Senator from 1804 to 1815, and then served briefly in the House of Delegates again. After a time in private life, he joined the opposition to John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay, in 1824; he ran for Senate again in 1825, and was defeated, but appointed Governor for 3 one-year terms in 1827; he was succeeded by John Floyd, in the year of his death.


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