About Abner Nash
Abner Nash was a member of the Provincial Council of North Carolina, and an active politician. When the war of the Revolution broke out, he and his brother Francis were found in the ranks of the patriots; Abner in the council, Francis in the field. Their father emigrated from Wales, and settled in Prince Edwar county, Virginia, where Abner was born. At an early age he went to North Carolina, where h was educated for the bar. He was the first speaker of the North Carolina Legislature under its Republican Constitution; and in 1779, succeeded Caswell, the first governer, in the office of chief magistrate of the state. He represented a constituency in the Assembly, from 1782 to 1785, and as a member of the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1785. He resided for many years at Newbern, where he died, greatly respected for his public and private virtues. His memory is perpetuated in the state by a county called by his name. Governer Nash's first wife was the young widow of the venerable Governer Dobbs.