President James Hassell's Executive Council

Dates: 1771

Locations Met: See Below

On July 1, 1771, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in the "Palace" in New Bern. Those present were:
- James Hassell - President
- John Rutherfurd
- Robert Palmer
- Martin Howard
- Samuel Cornell

Hassell, Rutherfurd, Howard, and Cornell were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

President James Hassell presented his authorization from Governor William Tryon to take the reins of government. He took the oaths of office and allegiance and required all Members of His Majesty's Council to do the same.

The President and Executive Council agreed to issue a proclamation directing all civil and military officers to continue with their duties until further notice.

On August 12th (Monday), August 23rd (Friday), and August 30th (Friday) of 1771, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in the "Palace" in New Bern. Those present were:
- James Hassell - President
- Martin Howard
- Samuel Cornell

Hassell, Howard, and Cornell were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Josiah Martin presented his commission and instructions as the new Royal Governor of North Carolina. He took the oaths of office and allegiance and his seat as the leader of this Executive Council. He then required the Members of His Majesty's Council to retake their oaths of office.

If more information comes available it will be added herein.

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