U.S. Congressman. During the Revolutionary War, he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Continental Army, in command of North Carolina troops at Valley Forge and at the Battle of Eutaw. After the war, he was a member of the North Carolina State House of Commons, (1784-86) and was elected a member of the 1st Continental Congress, in 1787. He then served as chairman of the committee of the whole in the North Carolina State convention of 1789, that ratified the Constitution of the United States and was a member of the North Carolina State Senate, in 1789. In 1790, he was elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the First and Second Congresses, serving until 1793. He again served in the North Carolina State Senate in 1795 and was elected Governor of North Carolina, in 1802, but died at age 54 before being inaugurated.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith