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PURVIANCE, Samuel Dinsmore



PURVIANCE, Samuel Dinsmore, a Representative from North Carolina; born on Masonboro Sound at Castle Fin House, near Wilmington, New Hanover County, N.C., January 7, 1774; attended a private school; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced at Fayetteville, N.C.; also owned and operated a large plantation; member of the State house of commons in 1798 and 1799; member of the State senate from Cumberland County in 1801; trustee of Fayetteville Academy in 1803; elected as a Federalist to the Eighth Congress (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1805); continued the practice of law in Fayetteville; died on the Red River about 1806, while on an exploring expedition into the West.

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

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New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: 1 poem. In the James McHenry papers, 1744-1815. 4 folders. "The Speculation" by Mr. Purviance "of Congress." Also poem dedicated to him by McHenry.
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