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Richard Dobbs SPAIGHT, Jr.

(1796-1850)

SPAIGHT, Richard Dobbs, Jr., (son of Richard Dobbs Spaight), a Representative from North Carolina; born in New Bern, N.C., in 1796; attended the New Bern Academy and was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1815; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in New Bern; member of the state house of commons November 15, 1819-December 25, 1819; elected as a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1825); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1824 to the Nineteenth Congress; member of the state senate in 1820-1822, 1825-1835; governor of North Carolina December 10, 1835-December 31, 1836; delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1835; engaged in agricultural pursuits; died in New Bern, N.C., November 17, 1850; interment in the family sepulcher at “Clermont,” near New Bern, N.C.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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