By: Gary J Verdes
THOMAS NELSON, JR. was born December 26, 1738 in Yorktown, Virginia.
In 1775 the third convention of Virginia delegates assembled at Richmond, Nelson was appointed a delegate to represent the colony in the continental congress, which was to assemble at Philadelphia. For the next two years, Nelson continued to represent the colony of Virginia in the congress, where he was frequently appointed on important committees, and was highly distinguished for his sound judgment and liberal sentiments. Thomas Nelson, Jr. voted for independence and signed the Declaration. In 1781, Thomas Jefferson, who had for three years filled the executive chair, left it, upon which Nelson was called to succeed him. This was a gloomy period in the annals of Virginia. In repeated instances the state was invaded, and the path of the enemy marked by destruction. Nelson himself was engaged in the final siege of Yorktown and being a true patriot, he urged General Washington to fire on his own home, the Nelson House, where Cornwallis had his headquarters. The remainder of Nelson’s life was passed in retirement. His health and fortune were wrecked by the war and he moved his large family to a small estate in Hanover County. There he died of asthma on January 4, 1789, a week after he became sixty.
Men like Thomas Nelson, Jr. are the kind of leaders we need today. It’s shameful in this nation where so many have profited through the sacrifice of our Founding Fathers men like Thomas Nelson, Jr., who put their country first, today there aren’t any willing to stand up for their country or put anything on the line when their country needs them.