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Thomas WYNNS

(1764-1825)

WYNNS, Thomas, a Representative from North Carolina; born near Barfields, Hertford County, N.C., in 1764; received his education in England; captured at sea on a vessel called the Fair American in 1780, and with several other colonists was carried to London; returned to North Carolina and settled as a planter in Hertford County; one of the first trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; member of the North Carolina House of Commons in 1787; delegate to the State conventions for the ratification of the Federal Constitution in 1788 and 1789; served in the North Carolina State senate 1790-1802 and 1807-1817; elected as a Republican to the Seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles Johnston; reelected to the Eighth and Ninth Congresses and served from December 7, 1802, to March 3, 1807; resumed planting in Hertford County; member of the North Carolina Executive Council 1818-1824; brigadier general of militia; died near Winton, Hertford County, N.C., on June 3, 1825; interment in Maneys Cemetery, near Maneys Ferry, N.C.

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

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