Governor, born in Ireland
about 1747; went to Virginia
when seventeen years old, and in time engaged in the practice of medicine.
Then he studied law, and in 1774 moved to Hillsboro
He had written against the stamp act and other obnoxious measures, and he took a conspicuous part in politics in North Carolina
He was a member of the Provincial Congress in 1776; was engaged a short time in the army, and was a member of Congress from December, 1776, until early in 1781, when he was chosen governor of the State
In September of that year he was seized by Tories, and kept a prisoner on James Island
, near Charleston
, four months; after which he was regularly exchanged, resumed his duties of governor, but soon retired to private life.
He died in Hillsboro, N. C.
, Dec. 2, 1783.