DescriptionJoseph Hewes Document Signed. One page, 7.75" x 12.75", June 17, 1772. A manuscript document signed by Hewes as well as by Thomas Jones, James Blount, Robert Smith, and James Iredell of North Carolina colony. A legal document of the colony of North Carolina appointing James Blount sheriff of Chowan County in that colony.
The document was signed and sealed by Blount, Hewes, and Smith is the presence of Thomas Jones, with James Iredell as a witness.
Condition: Usual flattened folds with some weakness and partial separations thereat. Evenly toned, with bold ink.
Joseph Hewes (1730-1799), a signor of the Declaration of Independence, was born in Princeton, New Jersey. After graduating from Princeton University, he became an apprentice of a merchant and later became a very successful merchant in his own right. Hewes moved to North Carolina at the age of 30 and was elected to that colony's legislature in 1763. After being re-elected numerous times in the legislature, Hewes was chosen as one of North Carolina's representatives to the Continental Congress. At the start of the American Revolution, Hewes, a successful ship owner, put his entire fleet at the disposal of the Continental Navy. As secretary of the Naval Affairs Committee of the Continental Congress, he was, in effect, America's first secretary of the Navy. A member of the Continental Congress (1774-1776) and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Hewes accepted reelection to Congress in 1779 despite health problems, but failed to retain his seat and died a few months later.
James Iredell (1751-1799) practiced law in the colony of North Carolina and was one of the first Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, appointed by President George Washington and served from 1790 until his death in 1799. His son, Hames Iredell, Jr., became governor of North Carolina.
Thomas Jones (d. 1797), was a lawyer and a North Carolina colonial and state official. He served was clerk of court in Chowan County in 1758 and represented the county in the colonial Assembly for three terms between 1773 and 1775 and in all five sessions of the Provincial Congress between 1774 and 1776. He also served on the Provincial Council in 1775-76 and on the Council of Safety in 1776. Jones played a significant role in the colony.
Robert Smith was a member of the North Carolina colonial assembly.
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