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Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr.

Birthplace: New Bern, NC
Death: Died
Cause of death: Died from injuries sustained in a duel
Place of Burial: Clermont Estate Cemetery, North Carolina, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of George Spaight and Margaret Spaight
Husband of Mary Jones Spaight
Father of Richard Dobbs Spaight, Jr., Governor; William Wilson Spaight; Margaret Elizabeth Donnell and Charles George Spaight

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About Richard D.Spaight, Signer of the US Constitution

Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

SPAIGHT, Richard Dobbs, (father of Richard Dobbs Spaight, Jr., and grandfather of Richard Spaight Donnell), a Delegate and a Representative from North Carolina; born in New Bern, N.C., March 25, 1758; received his early schooling in Ireland and attended the University of Glasgow in Scotland; returned home in 1778 and joined the Continental Army as aide-de-camp to General Caswell; member of the North Carolina House of Commons 1779-1783; Member of the Continental Congress 1783-1785; delegate to the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787 and to the state ratification convention in 1788; governor of North Carolina 1792-1795; elected as a Republican to the Fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Nathan Bryan; reelected as a Republican to the Sixth Congress and served from December 10, 1798, to March 3, 1801; member of the state senate in 1801 and 1802; was wounded in a duel with John Stanly, his successor in Congress, from the effects of which he died on September 6, 1802, in New Bern, N.C.; interment in the family sepulcher at “Clermont,” near New Bern, N.C.

Wheeler, John Hill. Sketch of the Life of Richard Dobbs Spaight of North Carolina. Baltimore: William K. Boyle, Printer, 1880.

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Richard D.Spaight, Signer of the US Constitution's Timeline

March 25, 1758
New Bern, NC
September 17, 1787
- September 17, 1787
Age 29
Independence Hall, Philadelphia,

The Signers of the U. S. Constitution

New Hampshire
John Langdon
Nicholas Gilman

Rufus King
Nathaniel Gorham

Roger Sherman
William Samuel Johnson

New York
Alexander Hamilton

New Jersey
William Livingston
David Brearley
William Paterson
Jonathan Dayton

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

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

James McHenry
Daniel Carroll
Dan of St. Thomas Jenifer

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

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.
The U.S. Constitution at the National Archives

August 24, 1788
Age 30
New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina, United States
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New Bern, North Carolina
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September 6, 1802
Age 44
Clermont Estate Cemetery, North Carolina, USA