John Heath was born on 8 May 1758 in Northumberland County. He attended William & Mary College and on 5 Dec. 1776, he and four of his classmates founded Phi Beta Kappa, a prestigious undergraduate honors organization. He became its first president. Heath served in the Revolutionary War and practiced law here and in Richmond. He was Northumberland County's commonwealth's attorney (1781-1784, 1787-1793) and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1793-1797). Heath also served on the Council of State, that advised the governor, from 1803 to his death on 13 Oct. 1810 in Richmond.
Geographic Location: Northumberland County
Physical Description of Location: 6602-6832 Northumberland Hwy (US 360), Heathsville, VA 22473. Marker is on right when traveling west on 360 just past junction with Rowes Landing Road.
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