Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949

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Harnett, Cornelius

Harnett, Cornelius, a Delegate from North Carolina; born near Edenton, Chowan County, N.C., April 20, 1723; moved with his parents to Brunswick in 1726 and later to Wilmington N.C.; engaged in mercantile pursuits; appointed by Governor Johnston as justice of the peace for New Hanover County in April 1750; elected town commissioner in August 1750 and served at different times for eleven years; member of the colonial assembly 1754-1775; chairman of the Sons of Liberty of North Carolina and leader in the resistance to the Stamp Act in 1765 and 1766; member of the committee of correspondence in 1773 and 1774; chairman of the Wilmington Committee of Safety in 1774 and 1775; member of the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Provincial Congresses in 1775 and 1776, serving as president in the Fifth; delegate to the provincial council in 1775 and 1776, and served as president of the council, thus becoming chief executive of the new government; excepted by Sir Henry Clinton from his proclamation of general amnesty in 1776; councilor of state in 1777; Member of the Continental Congress 1777-1780; captured by the British upon their occupation of Wilmington, N.C., in January 1781, and died as a prisoner in Wilmington on April 20, 1781; interment in St. James’ Churchyard.

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Chicago: U.S. Congress, "Harnett, Cornelius," Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949 in U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1269 Original Sources, accessed July 23, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VL1WQNWZWXKTWL.

MLA: U.S. Congress. "Harnett, Cornelius." Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949, in U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1269, Original Sources. 23 Jul. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VL1WQNWZWXKTWL.

Harvard: U.S. Congress, 'Harnett, Cornelius' in Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949. cited in , U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1269. Original Sources, retrieved 23 July 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VL1WQNWZWXKTWL.