(1748–1818)Revolutionary War soldier, statesman, and surveyor born in Stafford County, Virginia. During the Revolution, he formed a militia company and fought in many key battles in the South, including Kings Mountain (1780) and Guilford Court House (1781). After the war he and his family moved to Tennessee, where he became a leader in the movement for statehood. He wrote much of the bill of rights for the state constitution, and eventually represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.