The Royal Colony of North Carolina

15th House of Burgesses - 1760

The 15th House of Burgesses during the Royal Period met in five sessions. The first session met in New Bern from April 24th to May 23rd in 1760. The second session met in New Bern from May 26th and May 27th in 1760. The third session met in New Bern from June 30th to July 14th in 1760. The fourth session met in Wilmington from November 7th to December 3rd in 1760. The fifth session met in Wilmington from December 5th and December 6th in 1760.

This is also considered to be the 2nd House of Burgesses under Royal Governor Arthur Dobbs.


On December 7, 1760, Governor Arthur Dobbs and his Executive Council dissolved the current General Assembly - he laid out seven (7) reasons.
Pitt County was established in 1760, but they did not send any delegates to the House of Burgesses until April of 1762.
Cumberland County, Dobbs County, Halifax County, and Halifax Town sent their first delegates ever to this House of Burgesses.

Election District

Delegate

Anson County

Anthony Hutchings

Charles Robinson

Beaufort County

John Barrow

John Simpson

Bertie County

William Gray

John Hill

William Williams

Bladen County

William Bartram

Robert Howe

Carteret County

Joseph Bell

Moses Houston

Chowan County

Thomas Barker

Thomas Child

Francis Corbin

Samuel Johnston

Edward Vail

Craven County

James Davis

Thomas Graves

Cumberland County
(created in 1754)

Thomas Gibson

Hector McNeill

Currituck County

William Bray

Caleb Etheridge

Jacob Farrow

William Ferebee

Stephen Williams

Dobbs County
(created in 1758)

Richard Caswell

Abraham Sheppard

Duplin County

William McGehee

Andrew Thompson

Edgecombe County

William Haywood

Duncan Lemon

Granville County

Samuel Benton

Robert Harris

Halifax County
(created in 1758)

Blake Baker

Alexander McCulloch

Hyde County

Thomas Barrow

William Webster

Johnston County

Needham Bryan

John Hinton

New Hanover County

John Ashe

George Moore

Northampton County

Robert Jones, Jr.

James Washington

Onslow County

John Starkey

Samuel Swann*

Orange County

John Gray

Tyree Harris

Pasquotank County

Jarvis Jones

Joseph Jones

John Lowry

Samuel Swann, Jr.

Thomas Taylor

Perquimans County

Thomas Bonner

Francis Brown (1)

Benjamin Harvey

John Harvey

Richard Sanderson

Rowan County

John Frohock

Hugh Waddell

Tyrrell County

Jacob Blount

James Blount (2)

Stephen Hooker

William MacKay

Edmond Smithwick

Town of Bath

Michael Coutanch

Town of Brunswick

Maurice Moore (3) / William Dry (3)

Town of Edenton

Joseph Hewes

Town of Halifax

Stephen Dewey

Town of New Bern

Joseph Leech

Town of Wilmington

Cornelius Harnett
* Samuel Swann was elected Speaker of the House. William Herritage was appointed Clerk.
(1) Francis Brown had been expelled from the previous House of Burgesses as a representative for Currituck County for perjury. He was elected to this House of Burgesses to represent Perquimans County, but the House deemed him still ineligible and a new election for Perquimans County was ordered. He was re-elected again and was again rejected by this House of Burgesses. His seat remained vacant.
(2) James Blount died while in office during this assembly. It is assumed that his seat remained vacant.
(3) Maurice Moore resigned his seat in the House to accept a seat in the Executive Council on April 24, 1760. William Dry was elected to replace Maurice Moore and he took is seat at the beginning of the fourth session (November 7, 1760).
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