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Richard Dobbs Spaight

Born 1758 – Died 1802

 
 
Richard Dobbs Spaight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
1. Richard Dobbs Spaight Marker
Inscription. Educated in Scotland at University of Glasgow; Aide-de-Camp to Major-General Richard Caswell during the Revolution, and Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant of Artillery after that war; representative of the Borough of New Bern for five terms and of the County of Craven for four terms in the North Carolina House of Commons; Speaker of the house of Commons; State Senator for two terms; member of the Continental Congress, and of the fifth and sixth Congresses of the United States; member of the National Constitutional Convention of 1787, and of the North Carolina Constitutional Convention of 1788; Governor of North Carolina for three terms; mortally wounded in duel fought in 1802. The first native North Carolinian to hold the office of Governor.
 
Erected 1923 by the North Carolina Historical Commission, Richard Dobbs Spaight Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, County of Craven and City of New Bern.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 35° 6.493′ N, 77° 2.286′ W. Marker is in New Bern, North Carolina, in Craven County. Marker is on Broad Street (U.S. 17) near Craven Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Bern NC 28560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Richard Dobbs Spaight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
2. Richard Dobbs Spaight Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abner Nash (here, next to this marker); Richard Dobbs Spaight, the Younger (here, next to this marker); William Gaston (here, next to this marker); Christ Church (within shouting distance of this marker); First Provincial Congress (within shouting distance of this marker); Craven County World Wars 1 and 2 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Graham A. Barden (within shouting distance of this marker); First Printing Press In N.C. (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in New Bern.
 
Regarding Richard Dobbs Spaight. Richard Dobbs Spaight died in New Bern, N.C. on September 6, 1802, from wounds he received in a duel with John Stanly, his opponent and successor in Congress.
 
Also see . . .
1. North Carolina History Project - Richard Dobbs Spaight. (Submitted on June 5, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. September 1802 - Spaight-Stanly Duel. This Month in NC History, from the University of North Carolina website. (Submitted on August 31, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.) 

3. A Duel to End All Duels: Richard Dobbs Spaight Vs. John Stanly. It was this duel that ended the practice in North Carolina. (Submitted on July 19, 2014, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 762 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Jim Dugan of New Bern, North Carolina. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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