North Carolina - From Statehood to 1800

North Carolina State House of Commons

1790

This General Assembly met in Fayetteville from November 1st to December 15th in 1790.

During 1789, the NC Legislature created Stokes County. In 1790, Stokes County sent its first delegates to the NC General Assembly. This was also the first General Assembly that allowed the Borough Town of Fayetteville to elect and send a delegate to the House of Representatives.

Also during 1789, North Carolina ceded seven (7) counties on the western side of the Appalacian Mountains to the newly-established "Southwest Territory," which later became the state of Tennessee in 1796: Davidson, Greene, Hawkins, Sullivan, Sumner, Tennessee, and Washington. These seven counties no longer sent delegates to the NC General Assembly.

County

Delegates

Anson

William Wood

James Pickett

Beaufort

Richard Grist (Grice) (died) (1)

John Lanier

Bertie

David Stone

David Turner

Bladen

Joseph R. Gautier

Duncan Stewart

Brunswick

Benjamin Smith

William E. Lord

Burke

Joseph McDowell, Jr.

David Vance

Camden

Enoch Sawyer

Charles Grandy

Carteret

John Fulford

William Borden

Caswell

John Graves

Robert Dickens

Chatham

James Anderson

John Mebane

Chowan

Stephen Cabbarus*

Lemuel Creecy

Craven

Levi Dawson

John Allen

Cumberland

William B. Grove

John McKay

Currituck

Joseph Ferebee

Andrew Duke

Dobbs

Willoughby Williams

Joshua Croom

Duplin

Joseph Dickson

Shadrack Stallings

Edgecombe

John Leigh

Bythel Bell

Franklin

Jordan Hill

Archibald Davis

Gates

James Baker Sumner

Vacant / Unknown

Granville

Thornton Yancey

Thomas Person

Guilford

Hance Hamilton

Robert Hannah

Halifax

John Dawson

Willis Alston

Hertford

Henry Hill

Robert Montgomery

Hyde

Michael Peters

James Jasper

Iredell

David Caldwell

Mussendine Matthews

Johnston

Matthias Handy

Hardy Bryan

Jones

Edward Bryan

David Witherspoon

Lincoln

John Moore

William McLean

Martin

Ebenezer Slade

Jesse Cherry

Mecklenburg

Robert Irwin

William Polk

Montgomery

Thomas Butler

Thomas Ussory

Moore

William Martin

Cornelius Dowd

Nash

John Bonds

James Battle

New Hanover

Henry Waters

John Gambier Scull

Northampton

Samuel Tarver

Halcott Briggs Pride

Onslow

John Spicer

Christopher Dudley

Orange

Alexander Mebane

John Carrington

Pasquotank

Edward Everagin

Thomas Reading

Perquimans

Ashbury Sutton

Benjamin Perry

Pitt

Shadrack Allen

Samuel Simpson

Randolph 

William Bailey

William Hill

Richmond

William Robeson

Thomas Blewitt

Robeson

Neill Brown

Ralph Regan

Rockingham

Abram Phillips

James Taylor (2)

Rowan

Matthew Locke

Basil Gaither

Rutherford

William Porter

James Withrow

Sampson

William King

James Thompson

Stokes

George Houser

Absalom Bostick

Surry

Edward Lovell

Samuel Moseley (Moseby, Mosby)

Tyrrell

Simeon Spruill

Samuel Chesson

Wake

Brittain Sanders

Ransom Sutherland

Warren 

Nathaniel Macon

Wyatt Hawkins (2)

Wayne

John Coor Pender

Richard McKinnie

Wilkes

Jesse Franklin (2)

William T. Lewis

Town

Delegate

Edenton

John Hamilton

Fayetteville

John Hay

Halifax (town)

Vacant / Unknown

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) The House Journal recorded on December 8th that Richard Grist (Grice) was now deceased. The seat remained open for the remainder of this session.
(2) James Taylor, Wyatt Hawkins, and Jesse Franklin had to resign as members of the Council of State to accept their seats in the House of Commons.
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