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North Carolina Governor Richard Caswell: Founding Father and Revolutionary Hero
North Carolina Governor Richard Caswell: Founding Father and Revolutionary Hero
Published: 2016/10/18
Channel: Arcadia Publishing & The History Press
Mercedes Gym: PerspectiveCity.com Blog by Richard Caswell
Mercedes Gym: PerspectiveCity.com Blog by Richard Caswell
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: Richard Caswell
NYC Dog Runs: PerspectiveCity.com Blog by Richard Caswell
NYC Dog Runs: PerspectiveCity.com Blog by Richard Caswell
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: Richard Caswell
Mercedes House: PerspectiveCity.com Blog by Richard Caswell
Mercedes House: PerspectiveCity.com Blog by Richard Caswell
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: Richard Caswell
Jacob
Jacob's Pickles: PerspectiveCity.com Blog by Richard Caswell
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: Richard Caswell
North Carolina Governor Richard Caswell Founding Father and Revolutionary Hero
North Carolina Governor Richard Caswell Founding Father and Revolutionary Hero
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: dida bastian
Testing: PerspectiveCity.com Blog by Richard Caswell
Testing: PerspectiveCity.com Blog by Richard Caswell
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: Richard Caswell
Champlin Firearms Treasure: 1912 Westley Richards Double Rifle
Champlin Firearms Treasure: 1912 Westley Richards Double Rifle
Published: 2015/09/16
Channel: Sportsman Channel
Hpi Baja ss Fightercat 16s 400amp esc Running 12s on Hpi Baja 5b ss
Hpi Baja ss Fightercat 16s 400amp esc Running 12s on Hpi Baja 5b ss
Published: 2012/10/21
Channel: Richard Caswell
Uli Roever/Michael Korb: "Highland Cathedral"
Uli Roever/Michael Korb: "Highland Cathedral"
Published: 2014/12/17
Channel: Broadway Chamber Players
Richard Caswell
Richard Caswell
Published: 2016/01/08
Channel: WikiAudio
How to Play Jazz Violin, Part One
How to Play Jazz Violin, Part One
Published: 2016/01/25
Channel: Jazz at Lincoln Center's JAZZ ACADEMY
Ball Machine Practice at Caswell
Ball Machine Practice at Caswell
Published: 2017/06/24
Channel: Richard Ortiz
Hpi Baja 5b ss using fightercat 16s 400amp esc running on 6s
Hpi Baja 5b ss using fightercat 16s 400amp esc running on 6s
Published: 2012/10/15
Channel: Richard Caswell
Tyrone corburn
Tyrone corburn
Published: 2016/03/09
Channel: Richard Caswell
Lleylan Caswell singing The Doors LA Woman
Lleylan Caswell singing The Doors LA Woman
Published: 2012/03/21
Channel: Lleylan Caswell
Richard Fearless
Richard Fearless
Published: 2014/12/19
Channel: Crossfire Live Sessions
Richard Caswell
Richard Caswell
Published: 2016/07/03
Channel: WikiTubia
Seighford Comp Safari, CSIC Rd 7, Car
Seighford Comp Safari, CSIC Rd 7, Car's 8 Chris Shaw, Car 29 Richard Caswell
Published: 2016/10/21
Channel: RacerRoy1
Hpi Baja 5b ss baja using the Fightercat 16s 400amp esc running on 12s
Hpi Baja 5b ss baja using the Fightercat 16s 400amp esc running on 12s
Published: 2012/10/21
Channel: Richard Caswell
Randy Moss on trash talk, joining the media & Richard Sherman coverage
Randy Moss on trash talk, joining the media & Richard Sherman coverage
Published: 2014/01/30
Channel: Marty Caswell MartyTimeTV
DJI Phantom Flying Over Fort Caswell Old Civil War
DJI Phantom Flying Over Fort Caswell Old Civil War
Published: 2015/01/24
Channel: Kevin G Mickle
Adam underwood slow mo nose pick
Adam underwood slow mo nose pick
Published: 2016/03/09
Channel: Richard Caswell
Newstead abbey lap 4
Newstead abbey lap 4
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: Richard Caswell
Tornado Evo 3 test run
Tornado Evo 3 test run
Published: 2016/08/30
Channel: Richard Caswell
Galliard - Children Of The Sun - 1969
Galliard - Children Of The Sun - 1969
Published: 2009/06/07
Channel: artmaniac53
Elaine Caswell - Braver than we are ("States of Grace" videoclip)
Elaine Caswell - Braver than we are ("States of Grace" videoclip)
Published: 2013/05/10
Channel: Benishe
How to Play Jazz Violin, Part Three
How to Play Jazz Violin, Part Three
Published: 2016/02/08
Channel: Jazz at Lincoln Center's JAZZ ACADEMY
Private
Private
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: Richard Caswell
Archeological Dig in Kinston, NC
Archeological Dig in Kinston, NC
Published: 2011/02/16
Channel: MyLivability
Musket Demonstration
Musket Demonstration
Published: 2016/08/07
Channel: Shawn Pecze
Insane Brushless E-maxx Flips
Insane Brushless E-maxx Flips
Published: 2013/08/09
Channel: Richard Caswell
First steps...
First steps...
Published: 2014/12/13
Channel: Richard Caswell
From Dream to Reality - North Carolina Citizen-Soldiers in the American Revolution
From Dream to Reality - North Carolina Citizen-Soldiers in the American Revolution
Published: 2016/04/19
Channel: North Carolina Army National Guard
The Siege of Fort Watauga
The Siege of Fort Watauga
Published: 2015/05/18
Channel: Madras Arsenal
Where shall I put my horse?
Where shall I put my horse?
Published: 2015/03/04
Channel: Richard Caswell
Jumperoo friends #1
Jumperoo friends #1
Published: 2015/03/04
Channel: Richard Caswell
Alaska Highway (1943) [Drama]
Alaska Highway (1943) [Drama]
Published: 2013/10/20
Channel: Timeless Classic Movies
Jumperoo friends #2
Jumperoo friends #2
Published: 2015/03/04
Channel: Richard Caswell
Galliard - New Dawn 1970
Galliard - New Dawn 1970
Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: PsychedelicSapiens
Elaine Caswell  - Braver than we are
Elaine Caswell - Braver than we are 'States of Grace' videoclip
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: Elaine Caswell
Sean Pinchin and Trevor Caswell"Walking Blues"
Sean Pinchin and Trevor Caswell"Walking Blues"
Published: 2010/08/12
Channel: Richard Gale
How to Play Jazz Violin, Part Two
How to Play Jazz Violin, Part Two
Published: 2016/02/02
Channel: Jazz at Lincoln Center's JAZZ ACADEMY
Galliard - In Your Mind
Galliard - In Your Mind's Eye
Published: 2015/11/26
Channel: captain prog
Galliard - Ask For Nothing (from New Dawn 1970)
Galliard - Ask For Nothing (from New Dawn 1970)
Published: 2009/04/13
Channel: minutegongcoughs
Militia Muster at Fort Watauga / Sycamore Shoals
Militia Muster at Fort Watauga / Sycamore Shoals
Published: 2013/02/17
Channel: Focke Hue
The Island of No Tomorrows
The Island of No Tomorrows
Published: 2012/10/22
Channel: New York Film Shop
National Deaf Badminton Championships 2013
National Deaf Badminton Championships 2013
Published: 2013/04/11
Channel: Richard Weinbaum
Galliard [1970] New Dawn - 03. Winter-Spring-Summer
Galliard [1970] New Dawn - 03. Winter-Spring-Summer
Published: 2015/04/14
Channel: Jazz Rock
Militia Muster at Fort Watauga / Sycamore Shoals 3
Militia Muster at Fort Watauga / Sycamore Shoals 3
Published: 2013/02/17
Channel: Focke Hue
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Richard Caswell
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1st & 5th Governor of North Carolina
In office
November 12, 1776 – April 20, 1780
Preceded by Vacant (American Revolution)
(Title last held by Josiah Martin)
Succeeded by Abner Nash
In office
May 13, 1785 – December 20, 1787
Preceded by Alexander Martin
Succeeded by Samuel Johnston
Second Grand Master of Masons of North Carolina[1]
Freemason
In office
1788–1789
Preceded by Samuel Johnston
Succeeded by Samuel Johnston
Personal details
Born (1729-08-03)August 3, 1729
Joppa, Province of Maryland, British America
Died November 10, 1789(1789-11-10) (aged 60)
Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S.
Spouse(s) Sarah Caswell (nee Herritage)
Profession Lawyer, Surveyor
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Richard Caswell (August 3, 1729 – November 10, 1789) was the first and fifth governor of the U.S. State of North Carolina, serving from 1776 to 1780 and from 1785 to 1787.

Early life[edit]

He was born on August 3, 1729 in Joppa in the Province of Maryland, one of the eleven children of Richard Caswell and Christian Dallam Caswell. The younger Richard Caswell departed Maryland for the New Bern area of North Carolina in 1745.[2]

While a member of the North Carolina colonial assembly, a post he held for seventeen years, he introduced a bill in 1762 establishing the town of Kingston, now Kinston, NC.

Regulator Movement[edit]

As an officer in the local militia, Caswell fought against the Regulators in the Battle of Alamance in 1771 during the War of the Regulation (1760–1771). According to some sources, he commanded the right wing of Governor William Tryon's forces at Alamance.[3]

American Revolution[edit]

Caswell once owned Harmony Hall in Kinston.

A lawyer and surveyor by training, Caswell represented North Carolina in the Continental Congress of 1774 and 1775.[4] When the Revolutionary War broke out, Caswell was the commander of the district of New Bern, NC Minutemen. As a Patriot officer in the American Revolutionary War, Caswell led North Carolina militiamen in the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge. In 1780 he was also commissioned as a major general of North Carolina troops. At the Battle of Camden, his troops fled after the Virginia militia broke and fled in a panic exposing Caswell's militia to attack without greater defense, leaving the Continentals behind to suffer defeat.

Revolutionary governor[edit]

Caswell was president of the provincial congress that wrote the first North Carolina Constitution in 1776. As the congress adjourned, it elected Caswell as acting governor. He took the oath of office on January 16, 1777. Under the new constitution, the state Legislature ("General Assembly") re-elected him as the first Governor in April 1777. He stepped down in 1780, as the constitution allowed only three consecutive one-year terms. He then assumed command of all of North Carolina's militia, which he commanded at the American defeat at Camden, August 16, 1780.

Later career and death[edit]

He served as the state's comptroller and as a member of the North Carolina Senate between his two gubernatorial terms. Caswell was also chosen to be one of North Carolina's delegates to the United States Constitutional Convention of 1787, but he did not attend.[4]

Richard Caswell was a prosperous farmer, land speculator, tanner, and Grand Master Mason of North Carolina.[5] He had training in surveying and was appointed deputy surveyor for the colony in 1750.

At the time of his death in 1789, he had returned once again to the North Carolina General Assembly, this time serving as Speaker of the Senate. Caswell died in Fayetteville, NC, on November 10, 1789. According to tradition, his body was returned to Kinston for burial in the family cemetery, near where a memorial and museum stands today.

Legacy[edit]

Among his many accomplishments was his proposal to use the reimbursement funds for aid rendered to the Crown during the French and Indian war for erecting and establishing a free school in every county in North Carolina. His "Address to the General Assembly" in 1760 on this topic was used for many years by other politicians in favor of public education, and he also wrote the proposal into the first state constitution in 1776.[6] Caswell County, North Carolina, and Fort Caswell were named for him. The Richard Caswell Memorial and museum is established in Kinston, NC.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Officers of the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of North Carolina, the first 100 years". Raleigh, North Carolina, USA: Grand Lodge of North Carolina. Archived from the original on December 15, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ "North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program – Richard Caswell". North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Caswell, Richard
  4. ^ a b Slappey, Kellie. "Richard Caswell". North Carolina History Project. John Locke Foundation. Retrieved February 5, 2017. 
  5. ^ Francois X. Martin "A Funeral Oration of the Most Worshipful and Honorable Major-General Richard Caswell" (1791). Freemason's Magazine, Or General and Complete Library, Volume 5.
  6. ^ Holloman, Charles R. 1979.Caswell, Richard. NCpedia.

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