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William Hawkins

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Birthplace: Bute County, North Carolina
Death: Died in Residence of Robert Alston in Sparta, Georgia
Immediate Family:

Son of Colonel Philemon Hawkins, Jr. and Lucy Hawkins (Davis)
Husband of Ann Swepson Hawkins and Ann Hawkins
Father of Benjamin Franklin Hawkins
Brother of Eleanor Howard Haywood; Ann Little; John Davis Hawkins; Delia Haywood; Sarah Sophia Polk and 7 others

Occupation: Governor, North Carolina
Managed by: stanley w. duke, jr.
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About William Hawkins, Governor

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William Hawkins (October 20, 1777 – May 17, 1819) was the 17th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1811 to 1814.


Hawkins was born in his family home, called Pleasant Hill, in what is today Vance County, North Carolina. His father, Philemon Hawkins III, was a member of the North Carolina General Assembly. He studied law in North Carolina under Judge John Williams and in Philadelphia, and worked as an Indian agent under his uncle, Benjamin Hawkins, in Georgia before returning to North Carolina to practice law. In 1801, he was sent by Gov. James Turner to settle a dispute with the Tuscarora Indians.


In 1804, Hawkins was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons from Warren County he served a single term. In 1809, he was elected as a representative from Granville County; he served until 1811, and from 1810 to 1811, was Speaker of the House.


In December 1811, Hawkins was elected Governor of North Carolina by the General Assembly. He served the constitutional limit of three terms which coincided with the War of 1812; during the war, he supported the military efforts of the federal government and assisted in raising a volunteer militia of 7,000 troops.


Hawkins retired from politics after the end of his term as governor, except for one term in the House of Commons in 1817. He died in 1819 and is buried in Sparta, Georgia.

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William Hawkins, Governor's Timeline

1777
October 20, 1777
Bute County, North Carolina
1803
December 24, 1803
Age 26
Mecklenburg County, Virginia
1809
1809
Age 31
1819
May 17, 1819
Age 41
Residence of Robert Alston in Sparta, Georgia
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Governor of North Carolina