Virginia Court of Appeals
Spencer Roane (1762-1822) was a noted Virginia author, lawyer, and politician. Educated at the College of William and Mary, Roane was admitted to the bar in 1782. He subsequently represented Essex County, Virginia, for two successive terms in the Virginia House of Delegates (1783-85) and later was a member of the Virginia Council of State (1785-86). Roane married Patrick Henry's daughter Anne (Annie) on September 7, 1786, and they had seven children together, three of which died at a young age. Like Patrick Henry, Roane was an antifederalist and argued against ratifying the United States Constitution without the addition of a bill of rights. From 1788 until part of 1789, Roane served in the Virginia state senate. He was appointed to the Virginia General Court later in 1789, and received an appointment to the Court of Appeals in 1794, where he remained until his death. Roane was a Republican who supported James Madison's presidency as well as the War of 1812. He also advised fellow-Virginian Thomas Jefferson on financial and legal matters after the bankruptcy of Wilson Cary Nicholas. "Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane, 12 October 1815"