North Carolina - From Statehood to 1800

North Carolina State House of Commons

1789

This General Assembly met in Fayetteville from November 2nd to December 22nd in 1789.

During 1788, the NC Legislature created Iredell County and Tennessee County. These two counties sent their first delegates to the NC General Assembly in 1789.

It was this General Assembly that ceded the lands west of the Appalachian Mountains to the U.S. Government as part of North Carolinas national debt. It was also this General Assembly that elected the first two U.S. Senators from North Carolina and established a process for the People to elect five members to the U.S. House of Representatives in early 1790. Finally, it was also this General Assembly that established the University of North Carolina and appropriated funds for the initial buildings.

County

Delegates

Anson

William Wood

Pleasant May

Beaufort

Richard Grist (Grice)

John Gray Blount

Bertie

William Horne

Francis Pugh

Bladen

John Cowan

Duncan Stewart

Brunswick

Jacob Leonard

Benjamin Smith

Burke

Joseph McDowell

Joseph McDowell, Jr.

Camden

Enoch Sawyer

Peter Dauge

Carteret

Malachi Bell

John Wallace

Caswell

John Womack

Robert Dickens

Chatham

Joseph Stewart

James Anderson

Chowan

Stephen Cabbarus*

Lemuel Creecy

Craven

Richard Nixon

John Allen

Cumberland

William Berry Grove

John McKay

Currituck

Thomas Pool Williams

Andrew Duke

Davidson (TN)

Robert Ewing

Joel Rice

Dobbs

Benjamin Sheppard

Nathan Lassiter

Duplin

Robert Dickson

William Beck

Edgecombe

Etheldred Phillips

Thomas Blount

Franklin

Jordan Hill

Thomas Sherrod

Gates

David Rice

John Baker

Granville

Thornton Yancey

Thomas Person

Greene (TN)

John Allison

Alexander Outlaw

Guilford

John Hamilton (1)

Daniel Gillespie

Halifax

Peter Qualls

Marmaduke Norfleet

Hawkins (TN)

Thomas King

James White

Hertford

Henry Baker

Robert Montgomery

Hyde

Michael Peters

John Alderson

Iredell

Adam Brevard

Mussendine Matthews

Johnston

Benjamin Williams

John Bryan, Jr.

Jones

Jacob Johnston

John Hill Bryan

Lincoln

John Moore

William McLean

Martin

William Williams

John Stewart

Mecklenburg

Caleb Phifer

Joseph Douglas

Montgomery

James Tindall

William Johnston

Moore

Thomas Tyson

William Barrett

Nash

John Bonds

Wilson Vick

New Hanover

John Allen Campbell

Vacant / Unknown

Northampton

Samuel Peete

Halcott Briggs Pride

Onslow

John Spicer

Robert W. Sneed

Orange

Jonathan Lindley

Alexander Mebane

Pasquotank

Edward Everagin

Thomas Reading

Perquimans

Ashbury Sutton

Benjamin Perry

Pitt

James Armstrong

Shadrack Allen

Randolph 

Zebedee Wood

Aaron Hill

Richmond

William Robeson

Edward Williams

Robeson

Elias Barnes

Neill Brown

Rockingham

William Bethel

Abram Phillips

Rowan

Matthew Locke

John Stokes

Rutherford

William Porter

James Holland

Sampson

James Spiller

James Thompson

Sullivan (TN)

John Scott

John Rhea

Sumner (TN)

David Wilson

Vacant / Unknown

Surry

Gideon Edwards

Absalom Bostick

Tennessee (TN)

Thomas Johnston

John Drew

Tyrrell

Simeon Spruill

Samuel Chesson

Wake

Thomas Hines

Brittain Sanders

Warren 

Philemon Hawkins, Jr.

Wyatt Hawkins (1)

Washington (TN)

Robert Love

John Blair

Wayne

Burwell Mooring

James Handley

Wilkes

John Brown

Benjamin Jones

Town

Delegate

Edenton

John Hamilton

Halifax (town)

William Richardson Davie

Hillsborough

William Nash

New Bern

Isaac Guion

Salisbury

Maxwell Chambers

Wilmington

Edward Jones
* Stephen Cabarrus was elected Speaker of the House of Commons. John Hunt was appointed Clerk. John Haywood was appointed Assistant.
(1) On December 18th, the General Assembly elected John Hamilton and Wyatt Hawkins to the Council of State.
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