North Carolina in the 1800s

North Carolina State House of Commons

1860-1861

This General Assembly met from November 19, 1860 to February 25, 1861. A Special Session was called from May 1st to May 13th in 1861. A second Special Session was called from August 15th to September 23 in 1861.

This General Assembly decided that each county should vote for special delegates who would decide whether North Carolina should secede from the Union. On May 20, 1861, those special delegates convened in Raleigh and voted unanimously that the state would no longer be a part of the United States of America.

County

 Number of
Delegates Authorized

Delegate(s)

Alamance

2

Giles Mebane, John Tapscott

Alexander

1

John M. Carson

Anson

2

Edward R. Liles, Leonidas L. Polk

Ashe

1

Thomas N. Crumpler (1) / James M. Gentry (1)

Beaufort

2

William T. Marsh, Richard S. Donnell

Bertie

2

Peyton T. Henry, John R. Ferguson

Bladen

1

Charles T. Davis

Brunswick

1

Thomas D. Meares

Buncombe

1

Augustus Summerfield Merrimon

Burke

1

John H. Pearson

Cabarrus

1

William S. Harris

Caldwell

1

William W. Dickson

Camden

1

Dennis D. Ferebee

Carteret

1

David W. Whitehurst

Caswell

2

John Kerr (2), Elijah K. Withers, Samuel P. Hill

Catawba

1

Jonas Cline

Chatham

3

Robert N. Green, William P. Taylor, Turner Bynum

Cherokee

1

George W. Hayes

Chowan

1

Richard H. Small

Cleveland

2

Abraham G. Waters, John R. Logan

Columbus 

1

Nathan L. Williamson

Craven

2

Frederick E. Alfred, Charles C. Clark

Cumberland

3

James S. Harrington, John C. Williams, Clement G. Wright

Currituck

1

Burwell M. Baxter

Davidson

2

Edmund B. Clark, Lewis Hanes

Davie

1

Henry B. Howard

Duplin

2

John D. Stanford, James G. Branch

Edgecombe

2

Robert R. Bridges, James S. Woodard

Forsyth

2

Philip Barrow, John F. Poindexter

Franklin

1

William F. Green

Gaston

1

James H. White

Gates

1

John Boothe

Granville

3

James M. Bullock, Samuel H. Cannady, William H.P. Jenkins

Greene

1

Arthur D. Speight

Guilford

3

Julius L. Gorrell, Cyrus P. Mendenhall, Charles E. Shober

Halifax

2

Archibald H. Davis, William B. Pope

Haywood

1

Samuel L. Love

Henderson

1

Joseph P. Jordan

Hertford

1

Jesse J. Yeates

Hyde

1

Tillman Farrow

Iredell

2

Asa B.F. Gaither, Absalom Knox Simonton

Jackson

1

James R. Love (3) / Allen Fisher (3)

Johnston

2

James Mitchiner, William H. Watson

Jones

1

William P. Ward

Lenoir

1

John C. Wooten

Lincoln

1

John F. Hoke (4) / V.A. McBee (4)

Macon

1

David W. Siler (5) / Henry G. Woodfin (5)

Madison

1

John A. Fagg

Martin

1

Joshua L. Ewell

McDowell

1

Charles H. Burgin

Mecklenburg

2

Stephen W. Davis, John McK. Potts

Montgomery

1

Edmund G.L. Barringer

Moore

1

Alexander Kelly

Nash

1

Henry G. Williams

New Hanover

2

Samuel J. Person, Daniel Shaw

Northampton

2

Matt W. Ransom, Williamn W. Peebles

Onslow

1

James H. Foy

Orange

2

Hugh B. Guthrie, William N. Patterson

Pasquotank

1

John T. Williams

Perquimans

1

Nathan Newby

Person

1

John D. Wilkerson

Pitt

2

Burton J. Albritton, Churchill Perkins

Randolph 

2

Isaac H. Foust, Thomas L. Winslow

Richmond

1

John G. Blue

Robeson

2

Alexander McMillan, Eli Wishart

Rockingham

2

Rawley Galloway, Thomas S. Slade

Rowan

2

Newberry F. Hall, Nathan Neely Fleming*

Rutherford

2

Champion T.N. Davis, Berryman H. Paget

Sampson

2

George W. Autrey, Nehemiah C. Faison

Stanly

1

Lafayette Green

Stokes

1

Horatio P. Kallum

Surry

1

Harrison M. Waugh

Tyrrell

1

Charles McCleese

Union

1

Cyrus Q. Lemmond

Wake

3

Henry Mordecai, Sion H. Rogers, John P.H. Russ

Warren 

2

Joseph B. Batchelor, William H. Clark

Washington

1

Charles Latham

Watauga

1

George N. Folk (6) / Thomas Farthing (6)

Wayne

2

William T. Dortch*, Marcus K. Crawford

Wilkes

2

Augustus H. Martin, Phineas T. Horton

Yadkin

1

Andrew C. Cowles

Yancey

1

Jacob W. Bowman
* William T. Dortch was elected Speaker of the House of Commons. He was soon elected as a Senator for the new Confederate States of America. Nathan Neely Fleming was then elected as Spearker of the House of Commons. Edward Cantwell was Clerk.
(1) Thomas N. Crumpler resigned his seat, date unknown, and joined the Confederate Army. James M. Gentry was elected to replace him.
(2) John Kerr resigned his seat, date unknown. One of the other two was elected to replace him.
(3) James R. Love resigned his seat, date unknown, and joined the Confederate Army. Allen Fisher was elected to replace him.
(4) John F. Hoke resigned his seat, date unknown, after his appointment as Adjutant General. He soon joined the Confederate Army. V.A. McBee was elected to replace him.
(5) David W. Siler resigned his seat, date unknown. Henry G. Woodfin was elected to replace him.
(6) George N. Folk resigned his seat, date unknown, and joined the Confederate Army. Thomas Farthing was elected to replace him.
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