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MUNFORD, William, author, born in Mecklenburg county, Virginia, 15 August, 1775; died in Richmond. Va., 21 June, 1825. His father, Colonel Robert Nun-ford, a soldier of the Revolution, was the author of two dramatic compositions, "The Candidate" and " The Patriots," published at Petersburg, Virginia, in 1798, and a spirited song of the Revolution. The son was educated at William and Mary, studied law under George Wythe, and was in 1797-1801 a member of the Virginia house of delegates. He was in the state senate in 1801-'5, in the privy council till 1811, and clerk of the house of delegates during the remainder of his life. He was also for several years the reporter of the decisions of the supreme court of appeals of Virginia, of which four volumes (1806-'9) were prepared in conjunction with William W. Hening, and six volumes, from 1810 till 1820, were from his own pen. In 1819 ha assisted in revising the statute laws of Virginia. He was also the author of an early volume of poems, and other literary matter (Richmond, 1798), and a translation of the "Iliad" into blank verse. which was published in 1846. In 1806 he delivered a eulogy on his friend, Chancellor Wythe, in the capitol at Richmond.
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