HEWES, Joseph, a Delegate from North Carolina; born in Kingston, N.J., January 23, 1730; pursued classical studies and attended Princeton College; engaged in business in Philadelphia, Pa.; settled in Wilmington, N.C., and engaged in mercantile pursuits; moved to Edenton, N.C., in 1756; member of the State house of commons 1766-1775; member of the committee of correspondence in 1773; delegate to the Provincial congress; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1776; again served in the State house of commons in 1778 and 1779; was a signer of the Declaration of Independence; again a Member of the Continental Congress in 1779 and served until his death in Philadelphia, Pa., on November 10, 1779; interment in Christ Church Burial Ground, 5th and Arch Streets.
BibliographyPittman, Thomas Merritt. John Penn, by Thomas Merritt Pittman. Joseph Hewes, by Walter Sikes. [Raleigh: E. M. Uzzell & Co., Printers, 1904].
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present