The Royal Colony of North Carolina

26th House of Burgesses - 1773-1774

The 26th House of Burgesses during the Royal Period met in New Bern in two sessions. The first session met from December 4th to December 21st in 1773. The second session met from March 2nd to March 25th in 1774.

This is also considered to be the 3rd House of Burgesses under Royal Governor Josiah Martin.


On December 21, 1773, Governor Josiah Martin prorogued the General Assembly. On December 22, 1773, Governor Josiah Martin explained why he prorogued the General Assembly. The Executive Council approved.

On March 28, 1774, Governor Josiah Martin and his Executive Council agreed to dissolve the General Assembly, and for a new General Assembly to convene on May 26, 1775. It convened earlier on April 4th, as shown in the next House of Burgesses.


Martin County was established in 1774, but they never sent any representatives to the House of Burgesses during the Royal Period. They did sent one representative to the First Provincial Congress that met August 25-27, 1774 in New Bern, as did most other election districts (but not all).

Election District

Delegate

Anson County

James Picket

Charles Robinson

Beaufort County

Roger Ormond (1)

Thomas Respess

Bertie County

John Campbell

John Johnston

David Stanley

Bladen County

John Burgwin

Thomas Robeson, Jr.

Brunswick County

Robert Howe

John Rowan

Bute County

Memucan Hunt

Benjamin Ward

Carteret County

Jacob Shepard (2) / Solomon Shepard (2)

William Thompson

Chatham County

Stephen Poe (3) / Richard Parker (3)

Unknown / Vacant

Chowan County

Thomas Benbury

Samuel Johnston

Thomas Jones

Thomas Oldham

Edward Vail

Craven County

James Coor

Lemuel Hatch

Cumberland County

Farquard Campbell

Alexander McAllister

Currituck County

Samuel Jarvis

Thomas McKnight (4)

Solomon Perkins

Henry White

Francis Williamson

Dobbs County

Richard Caswell

Simon Bright

Duplin County

Thomas Gray

James Kenan

Edgecombe County

Elisha Battle

William Haywood

Granville County

Memucan Hunt

Thomas Person (5)

Guilford County

William Field

Alexander Martin

Halifax County

John Alston

Benjamin McCulloch

Hertford County

Unknown / Vacant

Unknown / Vacant

Hyde County

Seth Hovey

Rotheas Latham

Johnston County

Needham Bryan

John Smith

Mecklenburg County

John Davidson

Thomas Polk

New Hanover County

John Ashe

William Hooper

Northampton County

Jeptha Atherton

Allen Jones

Onslow County

William Cray

John Spicer

Orange County

Thomas Hart

Ralph McNair

Pasquotank County

Edward Everagin

Jonathan Herring

Joseph Jones

Robert Jordan

Joseph Reading

Perquimans County

Benjamin Harvey (6)

John Harvey*

Thomas Harvey

Andrew Knox

Nathaniel Williams

Pitt County

Edward Salter

John Simpson

Rowan County

Matthew Locke

Griffith Rutherford

Surry County

Robert Lanier

Charles McAnally (7)

Tryon County

William Moore

Christian Reinhardt

Tyrrell County

Jeremiah Frazier

Thomas Hunter

William Slade (8) / Thomas Stewart (8)

Benjamin Spruill

Edward Southwick

Wake County

Tignal Jones (9)

Michael Rogers (9)

Town of Bath

Wyriot Ormond (10) / William Brown (10)

Town of Brunswick

Maurice Moore

Town of Campbellton

Robert Rowan

Town of Edenton

Joseph Hewes

Town of Halifax

Joseph Montfort

Town of Hillsborough

Francis Nash

Town of New Bern

Isaac Edwards

Town of Salisbury

Hugh Montgomery (11)

Town of Wilmington

Cornelius Harnett
* John Harvey was elected Speaker of the House.
(1) Roger Ormond took his seat at the beginning of the second session (March 2, 1774).
(2) Jacob Shepard died before taking office. Solomon Shepard was elected to replace him and he took his seat at the beginning of the second session (March 2, 1774).
(3) Stephen Poe died before taking office. Richard Parker was elected to replace him and he took his seat at the beginning of the second session (March 2, 1774).
(4) Thomas McKnight took his seat at the beginning of the second session (March 2, 1774).
(5) Thomas Person took his seat at the beginning of the second session (March 2, 1774).
(6) Benjamin Harvey took his seat at the beginning of the second session (March 2, 1774).
(7) Charles McAnally took his seat at the beginning of the second session (March 2, 1774).
(8) William Slade's election was contested by Thomas Stewart, and the seat was awarded to Thomas Stewart.
(9) The elections in Wake County were declared void due to irregularities. In a special election, both Tignal Jones and Michael Rogers were once again elected, and they took their seats at the beginning of the second session (March 2, 1774).
(10) Wyriot Ormond died before taking office. William Brown was elected to replace him and he took his seat at the beginning of the second session (March 2, 1774).
(11) Hugh Montgomery took his seat at the beginning of the second session (March 2, 1774).
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