Lillington in Harnett County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected 2003 by Rotary Club of Lillington.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 35° 25.224′ N, 78° 48.52′ W. Marker is in Lillington, North Carolina, in Harnett County. Marker is on West Cornelius Harnett Boulevard (U.S. 401) half a mile west of North Main Street (State Highway 210), on the right when traveling east. At the main entrance driveway to new Harnett County courthouse, justice center, and social services complex north of the Cape Fear River bridge in Lillington. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 W Cornelius Harnett Blvd, Lillington NC 27546, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harnett County Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexander Lillington (approx. 1˝ miles away); Robert B. Morgan (approx. 1˝ miles away); Paul Eliot Green (approx. 3.3 miles away); Campbell House (approx. 3.3 miles away); Campbell University (approx. 4 miles away); Alton Stewart (approx. 7.8 miles away); Smiley's Falls (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lillington.
Regarding Cornelius Harnett. One of the chief master spirits of the Revolution, in North Carolina, was Cornelius Harnett, of Wilmington. He was born in England in 1723, and came to America in early life. He was a man of wealth and distinction before the disputes, which led to the Revolution, commenced; and he was among the earliest of the Southern patriots to denounce the Stamp Act and kindred measures. In 1770 and 1771, he represented the borough of Wilmington in the colonial legislature, and was chairman of the most important committees of that body. In conjunction with Robert Howe (afterward a general in the Revolution) and Judge Maurice Moore, Mr. Harnett was appointed by the Assembly to draw up a remonstrance against the appointment of commissioners, by the royal governor, to run the southern boundary of the province, and he was then known as one of the firmest Whigs
 The terms Whig and Tory were copied from the political vocabulary of Great Britain, where they originated in the time of Charles the Second. The term Whig denoted the opposers of government, and that of Tory its adherents. In that relation to public affairs, they were first used in America, about the year 1770. The Republicans were called Whigs, the Loyalists, Tories.
 These formed a constitution of government for the United States, until 1789, when the present Federal Constitution went into operation, as a substitute.
Source: Lossing, Benson J. Eminent Americans: Comprising Brief Biographies of Leading Statesmen, Patriots, Orators and others, Men and Women, Who Have Made American History. New
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Cornelius Harnett. Cornelius Harnett (20 April 1723 – April 28, 1781) was an American merchant, farmer, and statesman from Wilmington, North Carolina. He was a leading American Revolutionary in the Cape Fear region, and a delegate for North Carolina in the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1779. (Submitted on May 17, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
2. Biography of Cornelius Harnett. Source of information in the Regarding Cornelius Harnett paragraph above. (Submitted on May 17, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
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