Carolina Under the Lords Proprietors' Rule

1st House of Burgesses - 1665-1667

On February 6, 1665, the "Grand Assembly" of Albemarle County met for the first time. The place chosen for the first meeting of this Assembly was a little knoll overlooking Hall's Creek in what became Pasquotank County, about a mile from Nixonton, the small town that was chartered nearly a hundred years later.

On July 12, 1666, Gov. William Drummond met with the governor of Maryland and the governor of Virginia at James City, VA. Their purpose was to discuss the current glut of tobacco in the colonies and what to do about it.

Although no copy has survived, the first known "Act" of the General Assembly was passed - most likely - in September of 1666, prohibiting the sowing, planting, or in any way tending tobacco from February 1, 1666/67 to February 1, 1667/68. This was because there was a glut of tobacco on the market and prices were at an all-time low.

George Catchmaid (aka George Catchmeyd) was the first known Speaker of the Assembly in 1666.

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Albemarle County

George Catchmaid*

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* George Catchmaid (Catchmeyd) was elected Speaker of the House.
   

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