Historical records matching Richard D.Spaight, Signer of the US Constitution
About Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr.
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. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S000693