North Carolina - From Statehood to 1800

North Carolina State House of Commons

1785
This General Assembly met in New Bern from November 19th through December 29th in 1785.

County

Delegates

Anson

James Terry (1)

Vacant / Unknown

Beaufort

Henry Smaw

John Gray Blount

Bertie

Thomas Collins

Andrew Oliver

Bladen

James Richardson

Vacant / Unknown

Brunswick

Jacob Leonard

David Flowers

Burke

Joseph McDowell

Waightstill Avery

Camden

Enoch Sawyer

Selby Harney

Carteret

David Cooper

Eli West

Caswell

Robert Dickens

Adam Sanders

Chatham

Joseph Stewart

Roger Griffith

Chowan

Dr. Hugh Williamson

Clement Hall

Craven

Richard Dobbs Spaight*

Abner Neale

Cumberland

Robert Rowan

David Smith

Currituck

Joseph Ferebee

Dr. James White

Davidson 

Elijah Robertson

William Polk

Dobbs

Benjamin Coleman

William Sheppard

Duplin

Robert Dickson

Joseph Thomas Rhodes

Edgecombe

Robert Diggs

Etheldred Phillips

Franklin

Thomas Sherrod

Durham Hall

Gates

Vacant / Unknown

Seth Riddick

Granville

Thomas Person

Philemon Hawkins, Jr.

Greene 

Vacant**

Vacant**

Guilford

John Hamilton

Barzillai Gardner

Halifax

John Whitaker

John Baptiste Ashe

Hertford

James Manney

Robert Montgomery

Hyde

John Eborne

Thomas Jordan, Jr. (2)

Johnston

Hardy Bryan

Benjamin Williams

Jones

Abner Nash

John Isler

Lincoln

John Sloan

Daniel McKissick

Martin

Edmund Smithwick

Samuel Williams

Mecklenburg

Caleb Phifer

George Alexander

Montgomery

James McDonald

Charles Robertson

Moore

John Cox

John Carroll

Nash

Micajah Thomas

John Bonds

New Hanover

James Bloodworth

John Pugh Williams

Northampton

Howell Edmunds

Augustin Woods

Onslow

Edward Starkey

Reuben Grant

Orange

William Courtney

William Cain

Pasquotank

Edward Everagin

Abraham Symons

Perquimans

John Skinner

Robert Riddick

Pitt

John Jordan

Richard Moye

Randolph 

Joseph Robbins

Aaron Hill

Richmond

Robert Webb

Benjamin Covington

Rowan

Matthew Locke

George Henry Barrier
(aka George H. Berger)

Rutherford

Richard Singleton

George Moore

Sampson

David Dodd

John Hay

Sullivan

Vacant**

Vacant**

Surry

William Lewis

James Martin

Tyrrell

Nehemiah Norman (died) (3)

Nathan Hooker

Wake

James Hinton

William Hayes

Warren 

Henry Montfort

Wyatt Hawkins

Washington

Vacant**

Vacant**

Wayne

William Taylor

John Handley

Wilkes

Jesse Franklin

William T. Lewis

Town

Delegate

Edenton

Stephen Cabarrus

Halifax (town)

Dr. Charles Pasteur

Hillsborough

John Taylor

New Bern

William Tisdale

Salisbury

Thomas Frohock

Wilmington

Archibald MacLaine
* Richard Dobbs Spaight was elected Speaker of the House of Commons. John Hunt was appointed Clerk. John Haywood was appointed Assistant.
** With the unsanctioned creation of the "State of Franklin," the counties of Greene, Sullivan, and Washington sent no delegates to the NC General Assembly in 1785.
(1) James Terry was accused of being an ardent Loyalist and British sympathizer during the late war, and deemed unworthy of keeping his seat in the House of Commons. The House issued a Writ for a new election on December 28th - for the next General Assembly.
(2) Thomas Jordan, Jr. was deemed ineligible on November 29th since he was already an Entry Taker on the date of his election. The House ordered a new election for December 6th and 7th. On December 13th, Thomas Jordan, Jr. qualified and retook his seat in the House of Commons - the people had re-elected him.
(3) On December 28th - the day before this General Assembly closed - the House of Commons recorded that Nehemiah Norman had died, and they issued a Writ for a new election on that date.
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