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WILLIAMS, Benjamin

1751–1814

Biography

WILLIAMS, Benjamin, a Representative from North Carolina; born near Smithfield, Johnston County, N.C., January 1, 1751; attended the country schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the provincial congress in 1774 and 1775; served in the Revolutionary Army as second lieutenant; promoted to captain in the Second Regiment July 19, 1776; promoted to colonel for gallantry at Guilford, N.C., July 12, 1781; member of the State house of commons in 1779, 1785, and 1789; member of the State senate in 1780, 1781, April 1784, October 1784, and 1786, and again in 1807 and 1809; elected to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795); was not a candidate for renomination; Governor of North Carolina 1799-1802, and from December 1, 1807 until December 12, 1808; died in Moore County, N.C., July 20, 1814; interment in the family cemetery in Moore County, near Carbonton, N.C.; reinterment, 1970, at his last residence in Moore County, now known as "The House in the Horseshoe," a mile and a half from his original grave on Governor's Creek.

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

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External Research Collections

Copley Press, Inc.
J.S. Copley Library

La Jolla, CA
Papers: 1802, 3 pages. A letter from William Richardson Davie to Governor Benjamin Williams written on February 10, 1802. In the letter, William Davie advises Governor Benjamin of a communication received from a James Gee of South Hampden County in Virginia which "contains a partial disclosure of one of the most alarming plots that has ever existed in the country."

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections

Durham, NC
Papers: 1802, 1 item. A letter from Governor Benjamin Williams enclosing a copy of the public acts recently enacted by the North Carolina legislature, to the governor of Tennessee.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the John Spencer Bassett, ca. 1770-1978, 26.8 linear feet. Correspondents include Benjamin Williams. A finding aid is available in the library.
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