The Royal Colony of North Carolina

25th House of Burgesses - 1773

The 25th House of Burgesses during the Royal Period met in New Bern in one session that met from January 25th to March 6th in 1773.

This is also considered to be the 2nd House of Burgesses under Royal Governor Josiah Martin.

On March 9, 1773, Governor Josiah Martin and his Executive Council agreed to dissolve the General Assembly since not enough members have arrived and not expected (?). They then issued a Writ of Election for the next session.

Election District


Anson County

James Picket

Charles Robinson

Beaufort County

Roger Ormond

Thomas Respess

Bertie County

John Campbell

Unknown / Vacant

Unknown / Vacant

Bladen County

William McRee

Thomas Robeson, Jr.

Brunswick County

William Davis

Robert Howe

Bute County

William Person

Benjamin Ward

Carteret County

Jacob Shepard

William Thompson

Chatham County

Isaac Brooks

William Grave

Chowan County

Thomas Benbury

Thomas Blount (1) / James Blount (1)

Samuel Johnston

Thomas Oldham

Edward Vail

Craven County

James Coor

Lemuel Hatch

Cumberland County

Farquard Campbell

Alexander McAllister

Currituck County

Samuel Jarvis

Thomas McKnight (2)

Henry White

Francis Williamson

John Woodhouse (3)

Dobbs County

Stephen Blackman

Richard Caswell

Duplin County

Thomas Gray

James Kenan

Edgecombe County

William Haywood

Aquilla Sugg

Granville County

Robert Lewis

Thomas Person

Guilford County

John Kimbrough

Alexander Martin

Halifax County

John Alston

Benjamin McCulloch

Hertford County

Benjamin Wynns

Benjamin Wynns, Jr.

Hyde County

Rotheas Latham

Edward McSwain (4) / Samuel Smith (4)

Johnston County

William Bryan

John Smith

Mecklenburg County

John Davidson

Martin Phifer

New Hanover County

John Ashe

James Moore

Northampton County

Jeptha Atherton

Allen Jones

Onslow County

Ezekiel Hunter

Edward Starkey

Orange County

John Gray

Ralph McNair

Pasquotank County

Dempsey Burgess (5)

Jonathan Herring (5)

Joseph Jones (5)

Thomas McKnight (5) (2)

Lemuel Sawyer (5)

Perquimans County

Benjamin Harvey

John Harvey*

Thomas Harvey

Andrew Knox

Nathaniel Williams

Pitt County

George Evans

John Simpson

Rowan County

Matthew Locke

Griffith Rutherford

Surry County

Jonathan Hampton

Robert Lanier

Tryon County

Robert Blackburn

Unknown / Vacant

Tyrrell County

Jeremiah Frazier

John Hooker

William Slade

Benjamin Spruill

Thomas Stewart

Wake County

Joel Lane

Thomas Hines

Town of Bath

Wyriot Ormond

Town of Brunswick

Maurice Moore

Town of Campbellton 

William Hooper

Town of Edenton

Joseph Hewes

Town of Halifax

Joseph Montfort

Town of Hillsborough

Francis Nash

Town of New Bern

Christopher Neale

Town of Salisbury

Hugh Montgomery

Town of Wilmington

Cornelius Harnett
* John Harvey was elected Speaker of the House. James Green, Jr. was appointed Clerk. Benjamin Fordham was appointed Mace Bearer.
(1) Thomas Blount died before taking office. James Blount was elected to replace him.
(2) Thomas McKnight was elected to represent both Currituck County and Pasquotank County. He was smart and chose to represent Currituck County.
(3) John Woodhouse died before taking office. His seat remained vacant.
(4) Edward McSwain died before taking office. Samuel Smith was elected to replace him.
(5) All elections in Pasquotank County were declared illegal, and all seats were vacated. They remained vacant during this assembly.
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