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Cornelius Harnett

Cornelius Harnett, American patriot, Continental congressman. member committee which drafted 1st North Carolina state constitution, author clause forbidding established church and guaranteeing religious freedom, 1776; member Continental Congress, 1777-1780.

Background

  • Harnett, Cornelius was born on April 20, 1723 in Chowan County, North Carolina, United States. Son of Cornelius and Mary (Holt) Harnett.

  • Career

    • General Assembly from Wilmington, 1754-1775.

    Works

    • Author clause forbidding established church and guaranteeing religious freedom, 1776. Member Continental Congress, 1777-1780. A signer Articles of Confederation.

    Membership

    Member committee which drafted 1st North Carolina state constitution, author clause forbidding established church and guaranteeing religious freedom, 1776. Member Continental Congress, 1777-1780.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Harnett.
    • father: Cornelius Harnett
    • mother: Mary (Holt) Harnett
    • spouse: Mary Harnett.
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    Born April 20, 1723
    Died April 28, 1781
    (aged 58)
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