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c1747 –1805


GILLESPIE, James, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Kenansville, Duplin County, N.C., ca. 1747; pursued classical studies; North Carolina militia, Revolutionary War; member of the North Carolina state constitutional convention, 1776; member of the North Carolina state house of commons, 1779-1783; member of the North Carolina state senate, 1784-1786; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1799); elected as Republican to the Eighth Congress (March 4, 1803-January 11, 1805); died on January 11, 1805, in Washington, D.C.; interment in Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: In the Gillespie and Wyatt Family Papers, 1735-1845, approximately 500 items. Persons represented include James Gillespie. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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