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Mary Jones Spaight (Leach)

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Daughter of Joseph Leech and Mary Dorothy Leech
Wife of Richard D.Spaight, Signer of the US Constitution
Mother of Richard Dobbs Spaight, Jr., Governor and Margaret Elizabeth Donnell

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About Mary Jones Spaight

Wife of Richard Dobbs Spraight, Sr., signer of the U.S. Constitution. Mary had the distinction of being the first lady to dance with George Washington at a ball in his honor at Tryon Palace in New Bern in 1791.

Richard Spaight met defeat in bids for the governorship in 1787 and the U.S. Senate 2 years later. From then until 1792, illness forced his retirement from public life, during which time he visited the West Indies, but he captured the governorship in the latter year (1792-95). In 1793 he served as Presidential elector. Two years later, he wed Mary Leach, who bore three children.

Though they could not enroll, some women became ardent supporters of the University of North Carolina. Governor Richard Dobbs Spaight's wife, Mary Leach Spaight, attended the first public examination of students. In 1802, the women of Raleigh donated a pair of globes and a compass to the university. In 1803, the women of New Bern gave a quadrant. North Carolina's women also joined the university's public occasions, including balls and commencement. At the 1849 commencement, women were seated together to prevent interaction with the male students.

http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/constitution/bio36.htm

http://museum.unc.edu/exhibits/earlywomen/invitation-to-1843-commencement-ball-with-students/

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Mary Jones Spaight's Timeline

1765
1765
1787
September 17, 1787
- September 17, 1787
Age 22
Independence Hall, Philadelphia,

The Signers of the U. S. Constitution

New Hampshire
John Langdon
Nicholas Gilman

Massachusetts
Rufus King
Nathaniel Gorham

Connecticut
Roger Sherman
William Samuel Johnson

New York
Alexander Hamilton

New Jersey
William Livingston
David Brearley
William Paterson
Jonathan Dayton

Pennsylvania
Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Mifflin
Robert Morris
George Clymer
Thomas FitzSimons
Jared Ingersoll
Gouverneur Morris
James Wilson

Delaware
George Read
Gunning Bedford, Jr.
John Dickinson
Richard Bassett
Jacob Broom

Maryland
James McHenry
Daniel Carroll
Dan of St. Thomas Jenifer

Virginia
John Blair
James Madison, Jr.
George Washington

North Carolina
William Blount
Richard Dobbs Spaight
Hugh Williamson

South Carolina
John Rutledge
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
Charles Pinckney
Pierce Butler

Georgia
William Few
Abraham Baldwin

Biographies of the Founding Fathers

Colonial Hall now contains 103 biographical sketches of America's founding fathers. At this time we have divided them up into 3 groups:
As you will see there are still many biographies that need to be added to our site, including a new category: Other Founding Fathers.

The biographies on this site are primarily from 1 of the following 2 sources:
Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence, by the Rev. Charles A. Goodrich. Published in 1829.
The United States Manual of Biography and History, by James V. Marshall. Published by James B. Smith & Co., in Philadelphia in the year 1856.
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The U.S. Constitution at the National Archives
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFAVKJAOWSc

1796
1796
Age 31
New Bern, North Carolina
1870
1870
Age 105
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