Born: November 8, 1798
Birthplace: Alexandria Virginia
Father: Elisha Janney 1761 – 1827
(Buried: Fairfax Friends Cemetery Waterford Virginia)
Mother: Mary Gibson 1777 – 1846
Wife: Alicia Marmaduke 1800 – 1881
(Buried: Union Cemetery Leesburg Virginia)
Attorney in Leesburg Virginia
Leader in the Whig Political Party
1831: Helped draft a Bill to abolish Slavery in Virginia
1833 – 1845: Member of Virginia State House of Delegates
Owner of Ashburn Farm 500 Acres in Loudon County Virginia
1839: Candidate for Whig Political Party Vice President Nomination
1847: Defended a slave in Court
1850: Delegate to Virginia State Constitution Convention
1861: President of Virginia State Secession Convention
1861 – 1872: Attorney in Loudon County Virginia
Died: January 5, 1872
Place of Death: Loudon County Virginia
Age at time of Death: 73 years old
Burial Place: Union Cemetery Leesburg Virginia
AN ORDINANCE to repeal the ratification of the Constitution of the United State of America by the State of Virginia, and to resume all the rights and powers granted under said Constitution.
The people of Virginia in their ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America, adopted by them in convention on the twenty-fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, having declared that the powers granted under said Constitition were derived from the people of the United States and might be resumed whensoever the same should be perverted to their injury and oppression, and the Federal Government having perverted said powers not only to the injury of the people of Virginia, but to the oppression of the Southern slave-holding States:
Now, therefore, we, the people of Virginia, do declare and ordain, That the ordinance adopted by the people of this State in convention on the twenty-fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and all acts of the General Assembly of this State ratifying and adopting amendments to said Constitution, are hereby repealed and abrogated; that the union between the State of Virginia and the other States under the Constitution aforesaid is hereby dissolved, and that the State of Virginia is in the full possession and exercise of all the rights of sovereignty which belong and appertain to a free and independent State.
And they do further declare, That said Constitution of the United States of America is no longer binding on any of the citizens of this State.
This ordinance shall take effect and be an act of this day, when ratified by a majority of the voter of the people of this State cast at a poll to be taken thereon on the fourth Thursday in May next, in pursuance of a schedule hereafter to be enacted.
Adopted by the convention of Virginia April 17,1861.