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Cornelius Harnett

patriot , Continental congressman

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.