Theodorif Bland, an American patriot and soldier, born in Prince George county, Va., in 1742, died in New York, June 1, 1790. Through his grandmother, Jane Rolfe, he was fourth in descent from Pocahontas. He was educated for a physician at Edinburgh, and practised his profession in Virginia till the breaking out of the revolutionary war, when he enlisted in the contest and bore an active part throughout. He was one of a score of gentlemen who removed from Lord Dunmore's palace the arms and ammunition which that nobleman had abstracted from the public arsenal; and soon afterward he published a series of bitterly indignant letters against the governor, under the signature of "Cassius." He was made captain of the first troop of Virginia cavalry, but when six companies were enrolled became lieutenant colonel, with which rank he joined the main army in 1777. With the exception of a single term in the senate of Virginia, he remained in military service to the end of the war, enjoying the high esteem and confidence of Washington, who frequently employed him in responsible affairs.

Upon the termination of the struggle he was elected a member of the general congress, which then sat at Philadelphia, and continued a member till 1783. He was elected a member of the convention of 1788 to ratify the federal constitution, and voted against that instrument, but was chosen as the first representative to congress under it. He left valuable memorials of the revolutionary period, which were published in 1840 under the title of "The Bland Papers."