Robert Burton (1747 - 1825)

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Birthplace: Mecklenburg County, Virginia
Death: Died in Granville County,North Carolina
Occupation: died a tragic death
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About Robert Burton

Colonel Robert Burton (1747-1825) was a native of Mecklenburg County, Virginia, a son of Hutchings Burton and his wife, Tabitha (Minge)Burton; he moved to Granville County, North Carolina and "At the beginning of 85. the Revolution Burton became a lieutenant of Continental artillery; afterward he was quartermaster general of North Carolina with the rank of colonel. He served as a member of the council of state from 1783 to 1785; again during the period 1800-1807, and again in 1813-15. He was president of the council in 1807, 1813 and 1815. He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1785 but not seated until 1786. "He was a planter and owned considerable land in North Carolina and several thousands of acres in Tennessee.


Robert Burton (October 20, 1747 – May 31, 1825) was an American farmer, Revolutionary War officer, and plantation owner in what is now Vance County, North Carolina (then Granville County, North Carolina). He was a delegate from North Carolina to the Continental Congress in 1787. Between 1783 and 1815, the North Carolina General Assembly elected him to 13 one-year terms on the Council of State, which at the time was an official advisory panel that the legislature used to check the governor's power.

Burton was the uncle of Governor Hutchins G. Burton.

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Col. Robert Burton's Timeline

October 20, 1747
Mecklenburg County, Virginia
Age 27
Age 31
Granville County, North Carolina
Age 33
Age 77
Granville County,North Carolina
Montpelier Plantation,Williamsboro(Henderson) ,NC