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MERCER, James, member of the Continental congress, born in Hampton county, Virginia, in 1747 ; died there in June, 1793. He was graduated at William and Mary in 1767, engaged in the pre-Revolutionary movements, and was a member of the Virginia house of burgesses, of all the state conventions, and of the committee of safety. He served in congress in 1779-'80, and was a judge of admiralty and of the first Virginia court of appeals.
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