Cyrus Griffin (July 16, 1748 – December 14, 1810) was the final President of the Congress of the Confederation and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Virginia.
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Virginia|
November 28, 1789 – December 14, 1810
|Appointed by||George Washington|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 1 Stat. 73|
|Succeeded by||John Tyler Sr.|
|8th President of the Congress of the Confederation|
January 22, 1788 – November 2, 1788
|Preceded by||Arthur St. Clair|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
July 16, 1748
Colony of Virginia,
|Died||December 14, 1810 (aged 62)|
|Resting place||Bruton Parish Church|
|Education||University of Edinburgh|
Education and careerEdit
Born on July 16, 1748, in Farnham Parish (now Farnham), Colony of Virginia, British America, Griffin was sent to England to be educated. He studied law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and at the Middle Temple in London. He entered private practice in Lancaster, Colony of Virginia (State of Virginia, United States from July 4, 1776) from 1774 to 1777. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1777 to 1778, and from 1786 to 1787. He was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress (Continental Congress) from 1778 to 1780. He was a Judge of the Court of Appeals in Cases of Capture from 1780 to 1787. He was a delegate to the Ninth Congress of the Confederation from 1787 to 1788, serving as the final President of the Congress of the Confederation under the Articles of Confederation in 1788. He was United States Commissioner to the Creek Nation in 1789.
Federal judicial serviceEdit
Griffin received a recess appointment from President George Washington on November 28, 1789, to the United States District Court for the District of Virginia, to a new seat authorized by 1 Stat. 73. He was nominated to the same position by President Washington on February 8, 1790. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 10, 1790, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on December 14, 1810, due to his death in Yorktown, Virginia. He was interred in Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.
- Cyrus Griffin at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- United States Congress. "Cyrus Griffin (id: G000459)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- "Journals of the Continental Congress --FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1780". memory.loc.gov.
- Wilson, Rick K. (1994). Congressional Dynamics: Structure, Coordination, and Choice in the First American Congress, 1774–1789. Stanford: Stanford University Press. pp. 76–80. ISBN 0-8047-2293-5.
- "The American Historical Register". Historical Register Publishing Company. July 17, 1895 – via Google Books.
- "Traquair, Earl of (S, 1633–1861)". Archived from the original on 17 June 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
Arthur St. Clair
| President of the Congress of the Confederation
Seat established by 1 Stat. 73
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Virginia
John Tyler Sr.