The Royal Colony of North Carolina

14th House of Burgesses - 1754-1760

The 14th House of Burgesses during the Royal Period met in nine sessions. The first session met in New Bern from December 12, 1754 to January 15, 1755. The second session met in New Bern from September 25th to October 15th in 1755. The third session met in New Bern from September 30th to October 26th in 1756. The fourth session met in New Bern from May 16th to May 28th in 1757. The fifth session met in New Bern from November 21st to December 14th in 1757. The sixth session met in New Bern from April 28th to May 4th in 1758. The seventh session met in New Bern from November 23rd to December 23rd in 1758. The eighth session met in New Bern from May 8th to May 18th in 1759. The ninth session met in Wilmington from November 23, 1759 to January 9, 1760.

This is also considered to be the 1st House of Burgesses under Royal Governor Arthur Dobbs.


On December 12, 1754, Governor Arthur Dobbs issued a proclamation to prorogue the General Assembly one day since not enough members had arrived as yet.

On December14, 1754, the House of Burgesses informed the Governor and Executive Council that John Campbell was elected as Speaker of the House.

On January 7, 1755, Governor Arthur Dobbs informed his Executive Council and the House of Burgesses that the Crown had repealed seven (7) previous Acts. By January 15, 1755, this General Assembly passed sixteen (16) new Acts.

On January 15, 1755, Governor Arthur Dobbs and his Executive Council issued a proclamation to prorogue the General Assembly until the fourth Tuesday in March.

On October 15, 1755, Governor Arthur Dobbs and his Executive Council ratified eight (8) Acts provided by the House of Burgesses. They then issued a proclamation to prorogue the General Assembly until the third Tuesday in May next.

On May 8, 1759, Governor Arthur Dobbs and his Executive Council issued a proclamation to prorogue the General Assembly until May 9th since not enough members have arrived.

On August 31, 1759, Governor Arthur Dobbs announced that the Board of Trade had repealed seven (7) Acts.

On January 8, 1760, Governor Arthur Dobbs and his Executive Council agreed to dissolve the General Assembly.


Cumberland County was established in 1754. Dobbs County and Halifax County were established in 1758. These three counties did not send their first delegates until the next General Assembly (1760). Hertford County was established in 1759, but they did not send their first delegates until the April 1762 General Assembly.
The Town of Brunswick was authorized to send a delegate for the first time to this House of Burgesses.

Election District

Delegate

Anson County

John Hamer

Anthony Hutchings

Beaufort County

John Hardy

William Spier

Bertie County

John Campbell*

Thomas Whitmell

Benjamin Wynns

Bladen County

William Bartram

Isaac Jones

Carteret County

Thomas Lovick (1) / Moses Houston (2)

Joseph Bell

Chowan County

Joseph Blount (3) / Samuel Johnston (4)

Joseph Heron

Dempsey Sumner

Edward Vail

Timothy Walton (5) / Luke Sumner (6)

Craven County

Joseph Bryan

John Fonvielle

Currituck County

Francis Brown (7)

William Shergoold (8)

John Surry (9)

Stephen Williams

John Woodhouse (10)

Duplin County

Francis Brice

William Houston

Edgecombe County

William Kinchen, Jr. (11)

William Williams

Granville County

Robert Harris

James Payne

Hyde County

John Harvey (12) / Thomas Smith (12)

Samuel Sinclaire (13) / Thomas Barrow (13)

Johnston County

Stephen Cade

Richard Caswell

New Hanover County

John Ashe

George Moore

Northampton County

Robert Jones, Jr.

James Washington (14) / William Murphree (15)

Onslow County

John Starkey

Samuel Swann*

Orange County

William Churton (16)

John Gray (16)

Pasquotank County

John Brothers (17) / Thomas Taylor (17)

Griffith Jones

Robert Murden

Thomas Relfe

Samuel Swann, Jr.

Perquimans County

Benjamin Harvey

John Harvey

Joseph Sutton

Thomas Weeks

William Wyatt

Rowan County

John Brevard

James Carter (18) / Hugh Waddell (18)

Tyrrell County

Jacob Blount

James Conner

William MacKay

Samuel Spruill

Francis Ward

Town of Bath

Wyriot Ormond (19) / Michael Coutanch (20)

Town of Brunswick

Maurice Moore (21)

Town of Edenton

Thomas Barker

Town of New Bern

Solomon Rew (22) / James Davis (23)

Town of Wilmington

Cornelius Harnett
* John Campbell was elected Speaker of the House. At some point in time (most likely very late in this assembly), he resigned as Speaker. Samuel Swann was again elected as the Speaker of the House. William Herritage was appointed Clerk.
(1) Thomas Lovick died while in office during this assembly.
(2) Moses Houston was elected to replace Thomas Lovick and he took his seat at the beginning of the beginning of the fifth session (November 21, 1757).
(3) Joseph Blount resigned his seat in the House to take another office.
(4) Samuel Johnston was elected to replace Joseph Blount and he took his seat in the House at the beginning of the ninth session (November 23, 1759)
(5) Timothy Walton resigned his seat in the House to take another office.
(6) Luke Sumner was elected to replace Timothy Walton and he took his seat in the House at the beginning of the ninth session (November 23, 1759).
(7) Francis Brown was expelled from the House of Burgesses for perjury on October 5, 1758. His seat remained vacant.
(8) William Shergoold resigned his seat in the House to take another office. His seat remained vacant.
(9) John Surry took his seat at the beginning of the fourth session (May 16, 1757).
(10) John Woodhouse resigned his seat in the House to take another office. His seat remained vacant.
(11) William Kinchen, Jr. died while in office during this assembly.
(12) John Harvey died while in office during this assembly. Thomas Smith was elected to replace him.
(13) Samuel Sinclaire died while in office during this assembly. Thomas Barrow was elected to replace him and he took his seat at the beginning of the ninth session (November 23, 1759).
(14) James Washington took his seat at the beginning of the fourth sesssion (May 16, 1757).
(15) William Murphree took his seat at the beginning of the beginning of the fifth session (November 21, 1757).
(16) William Churton and John Gray took their seats at the beginning of the fifth session (November 21, 1757).
(17) John Brothers resigned his seat to take another office. Thomas Taylor was elected to replace John Brothers and he took his seat at the beginning of the ninth session (November 23, 1759)
(18) James Carter was expelled from the House of Burgesses for misapplication of public funds on November 23, 1757. Hugh Waddell was elected to replace James Carter and took his seat in the fifth session.
(19) Wyriot Ormond died while in office during this assembly.
(20) Michael Coutanch was elected to replace Wyriot Ormond, and he took his seat at the beginning of the seventh session (November 23, 1758).
(21) Maurice Moore was expelled from the House of Burgesses for misapplication of public funds on November 23, 1757.
(22) Solomon Rew died while in office during the first session.
(23) James Davies was elected to replace Solomon Rew, and he took his seat at the beginning of the second session (September 25, 1755).
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