North Carolina in the 1800s

North Carolina State House of Commons

1844-1845

This General Assembly met from November 18, 1844 to January 10, 1845.

The reapportioning of the North Carolina House of Commons based upon the 1840 US Census was finally completed and implemented this year, and there were plenty of changes. With the creation of new counties since the last reapportionment, many existing counties had to give up one delegate to retain the number of members as stipulated in the latest NC State Constitution (120). However, Cabarrus County added one delegate.

Although Henderson County was established in 1838, and Cleveland County and Stanly County were established in 1841, all three began sending their first delegates to the NC General Assemby in 1844.

County

 Number of
Delegates Authorized

Delegate(s)

Anson

2

Jonathan Truill, James M. Waddill

Ashe

1

Benjamin C. Calloway

Beaufort

2

Edward Stanly*, Frederick Grist

Bertie

2

Lewis Bond, William W. Cherry

Bladen

1

Herman W. Robinson

Brunswick

1

Henry H. Waters

Buncombe

2

John A. Fagg, John Thrash

Burke

2

Benjamin Burgin, Tod R. Caldwell

Cabarrus

2

Caleb Phifer, Thomas H. Robinson

Caldwell

1

William Dickson

Camden

1

Caleb Barco

Carteret

1

David W. Whitehurst

Caswell

2

Calvin Graves*, James K. Lea

Chatham

3

John S. Guthrie, Daniel Hackney, John H. Haughton

Cherokee

1

George W. Hays

Chowan

1

Robert T. Paine

Cleveland

1

James Y. Hamrick

Columbus 

1

Nathan L. Williamson

Craven

2

Francis J. Prentiss, William H. Washington

Cumberland

2

Benjamin F. Atkins, Duncan Shaw

Currituck

1

John B. Jones

Davidson

2

Benton C. Douthitt, Charles L. Payne

Davie

1

Gustavus Adolphus Miller

Duplin

2

James G. Dickson, Isaac B. Kelly

Edgecombe

2

Joshua Barnes, Robert R. Bridgers

Franklin

2

James Collins, William K. Martin

Gates

1

Riddick Gatling

Granville

3

Jonathan M. Stone, James M. Bullock, James T. Littlejohn

Greene

1

James G. Edwards

Guilford

3

William Doak, William McLean, John A. Smith

Halifax

2

Sterling H. Gee, Bartholomew F. Moore

Haywood

1

James Keener

Henderson

1

John Clayton

Hertford

1

Jacob Sharp

Hyde

1

Wilson Credle

Iredell

3

William Emmerson, Wesley H. George, Rufus Reid

Johnston

2

Lunsford Richardson, Jesse Adams

Jones

1

William Foy

Lenoir

1

Jesse Jackson

Lincoln

4

James H. White, Nathaniel Wilson, Franklin D. Reinhardt, Richard Rankin

Macon

1

Thomas J. Roane

Martin

1

William T. Woodward

Mecklenburg

3

John Kirk, James A. Dunn, Robert M. Lemmond

Montgomery

1

Calvin J. Cochran

Moore

1

Donald Street

Nash

1

William D. Harrison

New Hanover

2

Jeremiah Nixon, David McIntire

Northampton

2

John B. Odom, David A. Barnes

Onslow

1

Edward W. Sanders

Orange

4

Chesley F. Faucett, John B. Leathers, Giles Mebane, Loftin K. Pratt

Pasquotank

1

John C.B. Eringhaus

Perquimans

1

Thomas Wilson

Person

1

John W. Cunningham

Pitt

2

Henry F. Harris, Churchill Perkins

Randolph 

2

Alfred Brower, Zebedee Bush

Richmond

1

Neill McNair

Robeson

2

Neill Regan, John McNeill

Rockingham

2

Peter Scales, Robert P. Williamson

Rowan

2

John B. Lord, John Willis Ellis

Rutherford

2

William E. Mills, Toliver Davis

Sampson

2

John R. Beaman, David Murphy

Stanly

1

Francis Locke

Stokes

3

William A. Mitchell, Reuben D. Golding, John F. Poindexter

Surry

3

Dickson Taliaferro, George W. Brown, Richard C. Puryear

Tyrrell

1

Silas Davenport

Wake

3

Gaston H. Wilder, James M. Mangum, James B. Shepard

Warren 

2

John H. Hawkins, Anderson F.C. Brame

Washington

1

David C. Guyther

Wayne

2

Elias Barnes, Curtis H. Brogden

Wilkes

2

John J. Bryan, Robert L. Steel

Yancey

1

Samuel Fleming
* Edward Stanly was elected Speaker of the House of Commons. Charles Manly was elected Clerk.
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