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Richard Dobbs Spaight

Richard Dobbs Spaight, American governor of North Carolina; congressman. member North Carolina House of Commons, 1779, 81-83, 85-87, 92; member Continental Congress, 1782-1785; member North Carolina Ratification Convention, 1788; member North Carolina Senate, 1801-1802.

Background

  • Spaight, Richard Dobbs was born on March 25, 1758 in New Bern, North Carolina, United States. Son of Richard and Margaret (Dobbs) Spaight.

  • Education

    • Attended U. Glasgow.

    Career

    • Served as aide-de-camp to General Caswell, Continental Army, 1778. Member North Carolina House of Commons, 1779, 81-83, 85-87, 92. Speaker, 1787; member Continental Congress, 1782-1785.

      Delegate Federal Constitutional Convention, 1787, voted for and signed United States Constitution. Member North Carolina Ratification Convention, 1788. Governor North Carolina, 1792-1795, proclaimed neutrality in French Revolutionary Wars, detained French privateers in Wilmington, North Carolina.

      Presidential elector, 1793. Mem: United States House of Representatives (Republican) from North Carolina, 5th-6th congresses, December 10, 1798-1801. Member North Carolina Senate, 1801-1802.

    Membership

    Member North Carolina House of Commons, 1779, 81-83, 85-87, 92. Member Continental Congress, 1782-1785. Member North Carolina Ratification Convention, 1788.

    Member North Carolina Senate, 1801-1802.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Leach, 1795, at least 3 children.
    • father: Richard Spaight
    • mother: Margaret (Dobbs) Spaight
    • spouse: Mary Leach
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    Died September 6, 1802
    (aged 44)
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