Carolina Under the Lords Proprietors' Rule

20th House of Burgesses - 1722-1724

Upon the death of President Thomas Pollock, the Executive Council elected William Reed its next President and Acting Governor of North Carolina on September 7, 1722.

On October 29, 1722, the General Assembly passed an Act to naturalize Abraham Blewlet, a native of Switzerland. Click Here to read that Act and learn that the Assembly met in Edenton, and that Edward Moseley was the Speaker of the House of Burgesses.

Although there are quite a few records available for the Executive Council under President William Reed, this Author has found no records of the General Assembly during his administration as Acting Governor of North Carolina. Carteret Precinct was established in August of 1722. This Author has not been able to find the month/date for the establishment of Bertie Precinct, but it too was created in 1722.

Precinct

Delegate

Beaufort Precinct

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Bertie Precinct**
(established in 1722)

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Carteret Precinct
(established in 1722)

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Chowan Precinct

Edward Moseley*

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Craven Precinct

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Currituck Precinct

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Hyde Precinct

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Pasquotank Precinct

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Perquimans Precinct

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*Edward Moseley was elected as Speaker of the House in 1723.
**Since Bertie Precinct was carved out of the existing Chowan Precinct in the original Albemarle County, it was also allowed five (5) representatives in the House of Burgesses. New precincts that were carved out of Bath County were only allowed two representatives. This really irritated the Freeholders of the precincts that had originated in the old Bath County.
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