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CARRINGTON, Paul, statesman, born in Charlotte county, Virginia, 24 February, 1733; died there, 22 June, 1818. He is a brother of Edward, noticed above. His maternal grandfather and his father, who came to Virginia by way of Barbadoes, were both engaged in the expedition of 1736 to fix the boundary-line between Virginia and North Carolina. He was graduated at William and Mary College, studied law in the office of Col. Clement Read, clerk of the county of Lunnenburg, about 1748, married the daughter of his preceptor, began practice at the age of twenty-one, and soon rose to eminence. From 1765 till 1775 he was a member of the house of burgesses, and voted against the stamp-act resolutions of Patrick Henry. He was a member of various conventions in 1775-'6, and of the committee that reported the declaration of rights and the state constitution. He then took his seat in the house of delegates, from which he passed to the bench of the general court in May, 1779, and to the court of appeals in 1789, in which last he remained until 1811. He was a member of the committee of safety during the whole of its existence, and, in the Virginia convention, voted for the adoption of the constitution, and was a member of the committee to report amendments. His son, Paul, born in 1764: died 8 January, 1816, served with his two brothers in the revolutionary army, and was distinguished in the battles of Ouilfor, t Court-House and Green Spring. After the peace he completed his studies at William and Mary College, became a lawyer, and served in both houses of the legislature and afterward on the bench of the superior court. His brother, Col. Clement, was severely wounded at the battle of Eutaw Springs.
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