David Witherspoon (1760 - 1801) MP

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Birthplace: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Pembroke, Robeson, North Carolina, United States
Managed by: John C. Lowry
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About David Witherspoon

graduated the same year as his brother, married General Nash's widow, and practiced law in New Bern, North Carolina

Info added per DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood and published 1895 states:

"He was wounded at the battle of Germantown"

David Witherspoon,

the second youngest son of Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence, was a student, studying law, at the Hampden-Sidney Academy/College, Va., when he joined a militia company of Hampden-Sidney students enlisted by his father, as a lieutenant in that company. He was wounded at the battle of Germantown, recuperated at the winter camp at Valley Forge, Pa. residing at officer quarters nearby.

Eventually promoted to Major, he became secretary to the president of the Continental Congress, Samuel Huntington by 1780.

He returned to a professorship at Hampden-Sidney, married Mrs. Mary Nash, widow of Abner Nash, the Governor of North Carolina, and they settled at "Pembroke" near Newborn NC where he was a prominent member of the Newbern bar for many years.

Major Witherspoon and his wife hosted a reception for President George Washington when he visited New Bern in 1791.

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David Witherspoon's Timeline

1760
January 22, 1760
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
1790
September 1790
Age 30
Newberne, North Carolina
1796
1796
Age 35
1801
December 6, 1801
Age 41
Pembroke, Robeson, North Carolina, United States
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