Peyton Randolph House

Williamsburg
VA

The Peyton Randolph House in
Colonial Williamsburg

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Originally built in 1715, it was purchased in 1721 by Randolph’s father — who built a second structure — and willed it to his son. Peyton Randolph built a middle structure to unify the whole. Part of Colonial Williamsburg.
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The First Congress faced a unique challenge, and those congressmen and senators who gathered in New York in the spring of 1789 were awed by what lay ahead of them. Not only would members of the Congress have to pass some promised amendments to the new Constitution, but they would have to fill out the bare framework of a government that the Philadelphia Convention had created, including the organization of the executive and judicial departments. Some therefore saw the First Congress as something in the nature of a second constitutional convention.

Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)