Born in Harford County, Md., August 3, 1729; went to North Carolina in 1746 with brother William; appointed deputy surveyor of the colony in 1750; clerk of the court of Orange County 1752-1754; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1754; member of the colonial house of delegates 1754-1771, and served as speaker the last two years; commanded the right wing of Governor Tryon’s army at the Battle of Alamance in 1771; served in the Revolutionary Army; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1775; commanded the patriots at the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, North Carolina, February 23, 1776; appointed Brig. General of the New Bern District by the Provincial Congress 1776; delegate and president to the State constitutional convention in 1776; Governor of North Carolina 1776-1780; comptroller general in 1782; member of the State senate 1782-1784; adopted the Federal Constitution in 1789. And so much more before his untimely death at age 60 on 10 Nov 1789.
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