Braxton, Carter (1736–1797), a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was born in King and Queen County, Virginia, the son of a wealthy, aristocratic planter, and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1755. Braxton served in the Virginia House of Burgesses, 1761–75. He then was elected to the Continental Congress and served 1775–76, 1777–83, and 1785. From 1786 to 1794, Braxton was a member of the Virginia Council of State.