The Royal Colony of North Carolina

17th House of Burgesses - 1762

The 17th House of Burgesses during the Royal Period met in Wilmington in three session. The first session met from April 13th to April 19th in 1762. The second session met from April 20th to April 24th in 1762. The third session met from April 24th to April 29th in 1762.

This is also considered to be the 4th House of Burgesses under Royal Governor Arthur Dobbs.


On December 8, 1761, Governor Arthur Dobbs issued a Writ of Elections to be held on January 14, 1762. The new House of Burgesses met on April 13, 1762.

On December 14, 1761, the Crown's representatives repealed three (3) Acts passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in May of 1760.

On April 30, 1762, the previous day's Act of the House of Burgesses was read aloud - it authorized a number of men for Fort Johnston at Cape Fear and Fort Granville at Ocracoke Inlet.


Hertford County and Pitt County sent their first ever delegates to this House of Burgesses.

Election District

Delegate

Anson County

John Dunn

William Little

Beaufort County

John Barrow

Thomas Respess

Bertie County

Cullen Pollock

George Pollock

Robert West

Bladen County

William Bartram

Robert Howe

Carteret County

John Backhouse

Richard Wallace

Chowan County

Robert Beasley

John Benbury

Francis Corbin

Edward Vail

John Vail

Craven County

Thomas Graves

Thomas Pollock

Cumberland County

Alexander McAllister

Hector McNeill

Currituck County

Thomas Dudley

Caleb Etheridge

Willis Etheridge

Jacob Ferebee

Joseph White

Dobbs County

Richard Caswell

William Whitfield

Duplin County

John Dickson

Joseph Williams

Edgecombe County

William Haywood

Joseph Howell

Granville County

Samuel Benton

Robert Harris

Halifax County

Blake Baker

Joseph Montfort

Hertford County
(created in 1759)

William Murfree

Benjamin Wynns

Hyde County

George Barrow

Thomas Smith

Johnston County

Needham Bryan

John Hinton

New Hanover County

John Ashe*

George Moore

Northampton County

Anthony Armistead

Joseph Sykes

Onslow County

John Starkey

Samuel Swann*

Orange County

William Churton

Thomas Lloyd

Pasquotank County

John Burgess

John Lowry

Thomas McKnight

Andrew Miller

Thomas Taylor

Perquimans County

Francis Brown

Benjamin Harvey

John Harvey

William MacKay

William Skinner

Pitt County
(created in 1760)

John Hardy

William Spiers

Rowan County

John Frohock

John Kerr

Tyrrell County

Joseph Alexander

William Barns

Jacob Blount

William Currell

Unknown / Vacant

Town of Bath

Robert Palmer

Town of Brunswick

William Dry

Town of Edenton

Samuel Johnston

Town of Halifax

Alexander Elmsley

Town of New Bern

Joseph Leech

Town of Wilmington

Cornelius Harnett
* Samuel Swann was elected Speaker of the House, but he declined due to poor health. John Ashe was then elected as Speaker of the House. William Herritage was appointed Clerk.
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