The Royal Colony of North Carolina

20th House of Burgesses - 1765

The 20th House of Burgesses during the Royal Period met in New Bern in one session that met from May 3rd to May 18th in 1765.

This is also considered to be the 1st (and only) House of Burgesses under Lt. Governor William Tryon.

Some historians consider this to be the third session of the 6th House of Burgesses under Royal Governor Arthur Dobbs. However, Governor Arthur Dobbs died on March 28, 1765 and Lt. Gov. William Tryon was confirmed to have taken the reins of the government by the Executive Council on April 3, 1765.


On April 3, 1765, Lt. Gov. William Tryon and his Executive Council issued a proclamation for the General Assembly to meet in New Bern on May 2nd. As shown above, they met on May 3rd.

On May 18, 1765, Lt. Gov. William Tryon and his Executive Council issued a proclamation to prorogue the General Assembly until November 29th. It would be another year before the next assembly would meet.

On October 30, 1765, Lt. Gov. William Tryon and his Executive Council issued a proclamation to prorogue the General Assembly until November 27th (?).

On December 21, 1765, with his new commission presented and oaths of office behind him, Governor William Tryon and his Executive Council issued a proclamation to dissolve the General Assembly. He then issued a Writ of Election for a new General Assembly to be held in New Bern on April 22, 1766. This was delayed until November 3, 1766.

Election District

Delegate

Anson County

John Crawford (1)

Anthony Hutchings

Beaufort County

John Barrow

Thomas Bonner

Bertie County

William Gray

Cullen Pollock

Thomas Pugh

Bladen County

William Bartram

Joseph Williams

Brunswick County

Robert Howe

Thomas McGuire

Bute County

Thomas Bell

Benjamin Person

Carteret County

Joseph Bell

William Cole

Chowan County

Lemuel Benbury

James Blount

James Bond

Francis Corbin

Thomas Jones

Craven County

Joseph Leech

Thomas Clifford Howe

Cumberland County

Farquard Campbell

Walter Gibson

Currituck County

Samuel Barnard

Francis Brown

William Cumming

Henry White

Stephen Williams

Dobbs County

Richard Caswell

Francis Macilwean

Duplin County

Felix Kenan

Joseph Williams

Edgecombe County

Joseph Howell

Aquilla Sugg

Granville County

Samuel Benton

Robert Harris

Halifax County

Blake Baker

Joseph Montfort

Hertford County

Robert Sumner

Benjamin Wynns

Hyde County

George Barrow

Thomas Smith (2)

Johnston County

Needham Bryan

Benjamin Hardy

Mecklenburg County

Richard Berry

Martin Phifer

New Hanover County

John Ashe*

James Moore

Northampton County

Robert Jones

Joseph Sykes

Onslow County

William Cray

John Starkey (3)

Orange County

Thomas Lloyd

Francis Nash

Pasquotank County

Joseph Jones

Josiah Nash

Lemuel Sawyer

Samuel Swann, Jr.

Thomas Taylor, Jr.

Perquimans County

Charles Blount

Benjamin Harvey

John Harvey

Andrew Knox

Seth Sumner

Pitt County

George Moye

John Simpson

Rowan County

John Frohock

Wiliam Giles

Tyrrell County

William Barns

Jacob Blount

John Hardison

William MacKay

Edmond Smithwick

Town of Bath

Wyriot Ormond

Town of Brunswick

Maurice Moore

Town of Edenton

Samuel Johnston

Town of Halifax

Abner Nash

Town of New Bern

Alexander Elmsley

Town of Wilmington

Cornelius Harnett
* John Ashe was elected Speaker of the House. William Herritage was appointed Clerk.
(1) John Crawford resigned his seat in the House of Burgesses, and the seat remained vacant until the next assembly.
(2) Thomas Smith died while in office during this assembly. His seat remained vacant until the next assembly.
(3) John Starkey died while in office during this assembly. His seat remained vacant until the next assembly.
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