Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1729-08-03
Death 1789-11-10

Biographical notes:

Caswell served as governor of North Carolina from 1776-1780.

From the description of Appointment of Justices of the Peace, Craven County, North Carolina, 1779. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 235991081

American Rev. General.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : "Camp near Harrisburg", to Major General Greene, 1781 Mar. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270133327

Richard Caswell (1729-1789) was governor of North Carolina, general in the state forces during the Revolutionary War, state comptroller, and speaker of the state senate. Caswell came to North Carolina from Maryland about 1746 and became a surveyor, a clerk of Orange County court, and a lawyer. He lived in a part of Johnston County which later was apportioned to be part of Dobbs County and now Lenoir County, N.C. His political career began in 1754 and he held positions in the General Assembly and other public offices almost continually thereafter. Caswell was also a militia officer under Governor William Tryon in the Battle of Alamance, N.C. During the Revolution and the post-Revolutionary period, he served in the Provincial Congress, the Continental Congress, the General Assembly, as speaker of the House of Representatives, as speaker of the Senate, as major general of militia, as comptroller, and twice as governor of North Carolina, 1776-1779 and 1785-1878.

From the guide to the Richard Caswell Papers, ., 1776-1914, (bulk 1776-1785), (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Member of the Continental Congress, Governor of North Carlina.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to the Governor of Massachusetts, 1787 Jan. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270134284

Governor of North Carolina, delegate of the U.S. Continental Congress of North Carolina, and army officer.

From the description of Richard Caswell papers, 1777-1787. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79451982

American Revolutionary officer; Gov. of N.C.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New Bern, North Carolina, to General James Moore, 1777 Feb. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270133565

Richard Caswell was governor of North Carolina, general in the state forces during the Revolution, state comptroller, and speaker of the state senate.

From the description of Richard Caswell papers, 1776-1914 (bulk 1776-1785) [manuscript]. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 22486098



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Subjects:

  • Governors
  • Justices of the peace--Early works to 1800

Occupations:

  • Army officers.
  • Governors--North Carolina.
  • Delegates, U.S. Continental Congress--North Carolina.

Places:

  • North Carolina (as recorded)
  • North Carolina (as recorded)
  • North Carolina (as recorded)