President John Harvey's Executive Council

Dates: 1679 to 1680

Location Met: Unknown

On February 5, 1678/79 the Lords Proprietors appointed John Harvey President of the "Grand Council" to act as governor of Albemarle County until the arrival of Seth Sothel, a Lords Proprietor who had been sent to be governor but was captured en route by Algerian pirates and was still their prisoner.

The instructions given to John Harvey were much the same as those sent to previous governors. He was to call the General Assembly and require them to elect five (5) persons as members of the Executive Council and to join those new members with the five (5) deputies already in the colony to form the "Grand Council" as mentioned in the Fundamental Constitutions.

John Jenkin is known to have been a member of the Executive Council in 1677 and 1679, apparently elected by the House of Burgesses. Anthony Slocum is also known members of the Executive Council in November of 1679, apparently elected by the House of Burgesses. William Crawford is known as a member of the Executive Council in February of 1679/80, apparently elected by the House of Burgesses.

The known deputies of the Lords Proprietors at this point in time were:
- Timothy Biggs - deputy of William Craven, 1st Baron Craven
- Richard Foster - deputy of Sir George Carteret, Baronet - also Palatine
- James Hill - deputy of Christopher Monck, 2nd Earl of Albemarle
- John Nixon - deputy of Sir Peter Colleton, 2nd Baronet
- John Willoughby - deputy of Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury
- Robert Holden - deputy of ?
There are no extant records of any meetings of the Executive Council under President John Harvey.

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