FLEMING, William (1736-1824)

FLEMING, WILLIAM, a Delegate from Virginia; born in Cumberland County, Va., July 6, 1736; was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1763; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; member of the provincial house of burgesses 1772-1775; delegate to the Revolutionary conventions in 1775 and 1776; member of the Cumberland County committee in 1776; served in the house of delegates 1776-1778; Member of the Continental Congress in 1779; judge of the general court in 1788; elected a member of the first supreme court of appeals in 1789 and served in this capacity until his death; became president of the court in 1809; died at his country home, ``Summerville,'' Chesterfield County, Va., February 15, 1824; interment in the family cemetery on his estate.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library
Williamsburg, VA
Papers: 1777, 1 item.
A letter from Patrick Henry to William Fleming written on November 19, 1777. Patrick Henry writes concerning prisoners of war assigned to Botetourt County by Major Joseph Holmes. The Botetourt militia must furnish guards whose provisions will be paid by Congress. Major Holmes will oversee the treatment of the prisoners.


The Virginia Library
Archives Branch
Richmond, VA
Papers: In the Francis Walker Gilmer Papers, 1818-1824, 72 items.
Individuals mentioned include William Fleming. An inventory is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Benjamin Harrison Papers, 1 page.
A letter from Benjamin Harrison to William Fleming. Benjamin Harrison notifies William Fleming that the meeting of commissioners on the Ohio has been scheduled for November 1, 1782.

Papers: In the Tazewell Family Papers, 1756-1931, 14.56 cubic feet.
Other authors include William Fleming.


The Rosenbach Museum & Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Thomas Jefferson Papers, ca. 1763, 1 page.
A letter from Thomas Jefferson to William Fleming, written around October 1763. Thomas Jefferson writes regarding news of their circle and announces his intention to marry Rebecca Burwell.

Papers: In the Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1764, 2 pages.
A letter from Thomas Jefferson to William Fleming written on March 20, 1764. Thomas Jefferson writes that Rebecca Burwell, whom he had hoped to marry, is engaged to another man.

Papers: In the Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1773, 1 page.
A letter from Thomas Jefferson to William Fleming written on May 19, 1773. Thomas Jefferson asks William Fleming to take over the legal practice of his late brother-in-law Dabney Carr.

Papers: In the Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1779, 1 item.
A letter from Thomas Jefferson to William Fleming written on June 8, 1779. Thomas Jefferson writes concerning the official investigation of alleged atrocities committed by British soldiers in Virginia, Congress's irresolution concerning alliance with France, the sale of confiscated British property in Virginia, and operations against the Indians in western Pennsylvania and New York.


University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Papers of Virginia Members of the Continental Congress, 1767-1820.
Other authors include William Fleming. An annotated list for the papers is available in the repository.

  • Hoyt, William Dana, Jr., "Colonel William Fleming on the Virginia Frontier, 1755-1783." Ph. D. diss., Johns Hopkins University, 1940.
  • Mays, David John. Sketch of William Fleming, the Third President of the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia. Richmond, VA.: Richmond Press, Inc., printers, 1928.