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Richard Dobbs Spaight
Birth: Mar. 25, 1758
New Bern
Craven County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Sep. 6, 1802
New Bern
Craven County
North Carolina, USA

US Congressman, Governor of North Carolina, Signer of US Constitution. After the death of his parents this native of New Bern, North Carolina was sent to live with relatives in Ireland at the age of eight. His kinfolk made sure the young man received a good education which culminated with him reportedly graduating from the University of Glasgow just before his return to North Carolina in 1778. The timing of his trip back home placed him in the middle of America's War for Independence. Although his father had been a member of the Royal Council, which directed the affairs of the colony for Britain, the younger Spaight firmly believed in freedom from the British sovereign. He became involved with the local militia serving as an aide de camp to the North Carolina militia commander. However, he left the militia in 1781 to enter the political arena thinking he could make more of a difference working in local political efforts. From 1783 to 1785 he served in the Continental Congress after holding many local legislative positions. In 1787, at the age of 29, he was selected as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. He attended every session and worked behind the scenes to spread his belief that states had to work together to form a central government if the new nation was to succeed. He returned to North Carolina where he overcame poor health to serve as governor from 1792 to 1795 and as a Congressman from 1798 to 1801. As governor he orchestrated the establishment of the state capitol at Raleigh and the beginning of the state's university system. He died in 1802 when he was mortally wounded in a duel by a political rival at the young age of forty-four. (bio by: Bigwoo) 
Family links: 
  Richard Spaight (1730 - 1763)
  Mary Jones Leech Spaight (1765 - 1810)
  William Wilson Spaight (1794 - 1812)*
  Richard Dobbs Spaight (1796 - 1850)*
  Charles George Spaight (1798 - 1831)*
  Margaret Elizabeth Spaight Donnell (1800 - 1831)*
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Clermont Estate Cemetery
New Bern
Craven County
North Carolina, USA
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