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William Byrd II, 1674-1744

1674—Born in Virginia.

1676--Sent to England for safekeeping during Bacon's Rebellion.

1681--Sent to England to attend Felsted School.

1690-1696--Left school; engaged in merchant apprenticeship in Netherlands; enters London Middle Temple for law training; inducted into the Royal Society of London for the Improving of Natural Knowledge; agent for the Virginia House of Burgesses.

1704-1706--Upon the death of his father, returned to Virginia and married Lucy Parke.

1709--Taking his father's place on the Virginia Council of State, unsuccessfully sought governorships of Virginia and Maryland; began Secret Diary.

1716--Wife Lucy joined him in London, where she died of smallpox.

1719-1721--Returned to Virginia; wrote and published anonymously A Discourse Concerning the Plague.

1722-24:  Remarried.  

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