North Carolina - From Statehood to 1800

North Carolina State House of Commons

1787

This General Assembly met in Tarborough from November 19th to December 22nd in 1787.

During 1786, the NC Legislature created Hawkins County and Sumner County. These two counties sent their first delegates to the NC General Assembly in 1787.

During the earlier 1786/1787 session, the NC Legislature created Robeson County, and its first delegates showed up later in the same session.

County

Delegates

Anson

William Wood

Lewis Lanier

Beaufort

Henry Smaw

John Bonner (died)

Bertie

William Horne

Andrew Oliver

Bladen

Samuel Cain

John Brown

Brunswick

Jacob Leonard

Lewis Dupree

Burke

Joseph McDowell (1)

Joseph McDowell, Jr.

Camden

Enoch Sawyer

Peter Dauge

Carteret

Nathan Fuller

Vacant / Unknown

Caswell

Robert Dickens

Adam Sanders

Chatham

Joseph Stewart

James Anderson

Chowan

Josiah Copeland

Lemuel Creecy

Craven

Richard Dobbs Spaight

Richard Nixon

Cumberland

William Berry Grove

James Thackston

Currituck

Joseph Ferebee

John Humphries

Davidson 

Robert Ewing

Robert Hayes

Dobbs

Bryan Whitfield

William Sheppard

Duplin

Joseph Dickson

Joseph Thomas Rhodes

Edgecombe

Robert Diggs

John Dalvin (Dolvin)

Franklin

Thomas Sherrod

Jordan Hill

Gates

William Baker

John Baker

Granville

Thornton Yancey

Howell Lewis

Greene

David Campbell

Vacant / Unknown

Guilford

Barzillai Gardner

William Gowdy

Halifax

John Dawson

John Branch

Hawkins

Nathaniel Henderson

William Marshall

Hertford

Thomas Wynns

Robert Montgomery

Hyde

John Eborne

Southy Rew

Johnston

Everett Pierce

William Bridges

Jones

William Randall

Nathan Bryan

Lincoln

Joseph Jenkins

Vacant / Unknown

Martin

Joseph Bryan

Edward Smithwick

Mecklenburg

Caleb Phifer

William Polk

Montgomery

Thomas Childs

William Kendall

Moore

John Cox

Thomas Tyson

Nash

John Bonds***

Micajah Thomas

New Hanover

Timothy Bloodworth (2)

Thomas DeVane, Jr.

Northampton

Robert Peoples

James Vaughan

Onslow

Edward Starkey

Daniel Yates

Orange

Jonathan Lindley

Alexander Mebane

Pasquotank

Edward Everagin

Caleb M. Koen

Perquimans

Thomas Harvey

Vacant / Unknown

Pitt

Reading Blount

Robert Williams

Randolph 

John Stanfield

Edmund Waddell

Richmond

Robert Webb

William Pickett

Robeson

Elias Barnes

William Tatham

Rockingham

William Bethel

Peter Perkins

Rowan

Thomas Carson

Richmond Pearson

Rutherford

James Withrow

Richard Singleton

Sampson

David Dodd

Lewis Holmes

Sullivan

John Scott

George Maxwell

Sumner

James Sanders

Vacant / Unknown

Surry

James Gains

Seth Coffin

Tyrrell

Simon Spruill

Benjamin Spruill

Wake

Nathaniel Jones

Brittain Sanders

Warren 

Philemon Hawkins, Jr.

Wyatt Hawkins

Washington

James Stewart

Robert Allison

Wayne

William Taylor

Richard McKinnie

Wilkes

Jesse Franklin

John Brown

Town

Delegate

Edenton

Stephen Cabarrus

Halifax (town)

William Richardson Davie

Hillsborough

John Taylor

New Bern

John Sitgreaves*

Salisbury

John Steele

Wilmington

Joshua Potts**
* John Sitgreaves was elected Speaker of the House of Commons. John Hunt was appointed Clerk. John Haywood was appointed Assistant.
** On November 28th, the House of Commons determined that Joshua Potts was not eligible to retain his seat due to many voting irregularities. A new election was ordered for December 12-13. Seat remained vacant.
*** On December 15th, the House of Commons expelled John Bonds from his seat in the House for defrauding soldiers of their pay. Seat remained vacant this session.
(1) Joseph McDowell was elected as a Delegate to the Continental Congress on December 19th.
(2) Timothy Bloodworth had to resign as a Delegate to the Continental Congress before being elected to the House of Commons.
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