Thomas Wynns

Hertford County, North Carolina, USA
Death 3 Jun 1825 (aged 60–61)
Winton, Hertford County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Riddicksville, Hertford County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 10511717 · View Source
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US Congressman. He was born near Barfields, North Carolina, in about 1761 or 1764, and was educated in England. In 1776, he fought in the American Revolutionary War and at some point in his military career he was named Brigadier General of Militia. In 1780, he boarded a ship the 'Fair American' with other colonists, but they were captured and taken to London, England. He eventually returned to the United States and settled in Hertford County, North Carolina, where he became a planter. He then served as one of the first trustees of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He then entered politics and served as a Member of the North Carolina House of Commons in 1787, and as a Member of the North Carolina State Legislature in 1800. He also served as a Delegate to the North Carolina State Conventions for the ratification of the Federal Constitution in 1788 and again in 1789, and then served a term in the North Carolina State Senate from 1790 to 1802. A Republican, he then served North Carolina's 1st District and as At-Large in the United States House of Representatives from 1802 to 1807. From 1807 to 1817, he served one more term in the North Carolina State Senate. After his time in politics, he resumed his planting pursuits in Hertford County, North Carolina. He lastly served as a Member of the North Carolina Executive Council from 1818 to 1824. On June 3, 1825, he was involved in a bizarre freak accident that cost him his life. While out riding his horseback in some woods near Winton, North Carolina, a dog came out of the shadows and spooked his horse. The horse reacted and he was thrown against a tree and was killed instantly. The dog ran off into the woods, but was never found. At his death, the Raleigh Register Newspaper of Raleigh, North Carolina, dated June 17, 1825, said that "He will long be affectionately remembered by the people of the State fof North Carolina for his valuable public service and private benevolence."

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