The Royal Colony of North Carolina

The House of Burgesses 1729 to 1775
The Crown took over North Carolina in 1729, but they did not appoint their first Royal Governor until 1731. Very little changed with respect to the General Assembly. The "Upper House" still included the Governor and his Executive Council, and the "Lower House" was still called the House of Burgesses and included representatives elected by the Freeholders in each Precinct (renamed to County on March 8, 1738/9).

 Assembly Number*

Year(s) Met

Comments

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1

1731
Under Governor George Burrington.

1729-1731,
1731-1732

2

1733
"

1732-1734

3

1733
"

1732-1734

4

1734
"

1732-1734,
1734-1741

5

1734/35
Under Governor Gabriel Johnston.

1734-1741

6

1736
"

1734-1741

7

1738-1739
"

1734-1741

8

1739/40
"

1734-1741

9

1742-1743
"

1741-1746

10

1744-1745
"

1741-1746

11

1746
"

1741-1746

12

1746-1752
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1746-1750,
1750-1752

13

1753-1754
Under President Matthew Rowan.

1752-1753,
1753-1754

14

1754-1760
Under Governor Arthur Dobbs.

1754-1758,
1758-1759,
1759-1760

15

1760
"

1759-1760

16

1761
"

1760-1762

17

Apr. 1762
"

1760-1762

18

Nov. 1762
"

1762-1764

19

1764
"

1762-1764

20

1765
Under Lt. Governor William Tryon.

1764-1768

21

1766-1768
Under Governor William Tryon.

1764-1768

22

1769
"

1768-1771

23

1770-1771
"

1768-1771

24

1771
Under Governor Josiah Martin.

1771-1774

25

1773
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1771-1774

26

1773-1774
"

1771-1774

27

1775
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1774-1775
*The numbering is this Author's for convenience only, and is not from any official source. From all available sources found to date, since records are so scant, most historians simply used a governor's term with various dates found for known assembly gatherings during his tenure.
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