North Carolina in the 1800s

North Carolina State Senate

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, convening in Raleigh, voted unanimously that the state would no longer be a part of the United States of America.

District

County/Counties

Delegate (County From)

1

Pasquotank & Perquimans

James M. Whedbee (Perquimans)

2

Camden & Currituck

Benjamin T. Simmons (Currituck)

3

Chowan & Gates

Mills H. Eure (Gates)

4

Hyde & Tyrrell

Jones Spencer (Tyrrell)

5

Northampton

Joseph M.S. Rogers

6

Hertford

Joseph B. Slaughter

7

Bertie

David Outlaw

8

Martin & Washington

Jesse R. Stubbs (Martin)

9

Halifax

Matthew Cary Whitaker

10

Edgecombe

Henry Toole Clark*

11

Pitt

Elias J. Blount

12

Beaufort

Frederick Grist

13

Craven

Nathan H. Street

14

Carteret & Jones

M.F. Arendell (Carteret)

15

Greene & Lenoir

James P. Speight (Greene)

16

New Hanover

Eli W. Hall

17

Duplin

James Dickson

18

Onslow

Lott W. Humphrey

19

Bladen, Brunswick, & Columbus

John D. Taylor (Brunswick)

20

Cumberland

Duncan Shaw

21

Sampson

Thomas I. Faison

22

Wayne

William K. Lane

23

Johnston

J.W.B. Watson

24

Wake

Moses A. Bledsoe

25

Nash

A.G. Taylor

26

Franklin

Washington Harris

27

Warren

Thomas J. Pritchard

28

Granville

C.H.K. Taylor

29

Person

C.S. Winstead

30

Orange

Josiah Turner, Jr.

31

Alamance & Randolph

Jonathan Worth (Randolph)

32

Chatham

W.S. Harris

33

Montgomery & Moore

Willis D. Dowd (Moore)

34

Richmond, & Robeson

Alfred Dockery (Richmond)

35

Anson & Union

Samuel H. Walkup (Union)

36

Guilford

John M. Morehead

37

Caswell

Bedford Brown

38

Rockingham

Francis L. Simpson

39

Mecklenburg

John Walker

40

Cabarrus & Stanly

Victor C. Barringer (Cabarrus)

41

Davie & Rowan

James G. Ramsay (Rowan)

42

Davidson

John W. Thomas

43

Forsyth & Stokes

John A. Waugh (Forsyth)

44

Ashe, Surry, Watauga, & Yadkin

Joseph H. Dobson (Surry)

45

Alexander, Iredell, Wilkes

Leander Q. Sharpe (Iredell)

46

Burke, Caldwell, & McDowell

William W. Avery (Burke)

47

Catawba, Gaston, & Lincoln

J. Stowe (Lincoln)

48

Cleveland & Rutherford

A.W. Burton (Cleveland)

49

Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, & Yancey

Marcus Erwin (Buncombe)

50

Cherokee, Haywood, Jackson, & Macon

William Holland Thomas (Jackson)
* Henry Toole Clark was elected Speaker of the Senate. On July 7, 1861, Henry Toole Clark became Acting Governor when Governor John Willis Ellis died while in office. J.W. Alspaugh was the Clerk.
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