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Benjamin WILLIAMS

(1751-1814)

WILLIAMS, Benjamin, a Representative from North Carolina; born near Smithfield, Johnston County, N.C., January 1, 1751; attended the country schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the provincial congress in 1774 and 1775; served in the Revolutionary Army as second lieutenant; promoted to captain in the Second Regiment July 19, 1776; promoted to colonel for gallantry at Guilford, N.C., July 12, 1781; member of the State house of commons in 1779, 1785, and 1789; member of the State senate in 1780, 1781, April 1784, October 1784, and 1786, and again in 1807 and 1809; elected to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795); was not a candidate for renomination; Governor of North Carolina 1799-1802, and from December 1, 1807 until December 12, 1808; died in Moore County, N.C., July 20, 1814; interment in the family cemetery in Moore County, near Carbonton, N.C.; reinterment, 1970, at his last residence in Moore County, now known as “The House in the Horseshoe,” a mile and a half from his original grave on Governor’s Creek.

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

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