La Grange in Lenoir County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
William Dunn Moseley
Erected 2005 by North Carolina Office of Archives and History. (Marker Number F-42.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1835.
Location. 35° 17.838′ N, 77° 47.415′ W. Marker is in La Grange, North Carolina, in Lenoir County. Marker is on South Caswell Street (State Highway 903) near Lake Pines Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Grange NC 28551, 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. James Y. Joyner (approx. half a mile away); Dobbs County Court House (approx. 3.7 miles away); Dobbs County (approx. 3.7 miles away); a different marker also named Dobbs County Court House (approx. 4.3 The Battle of Whitehall (approx. 5.7 miles away); Engagement at Whitehall (approx. 5.8 miles away); Wheat Swamp Church (approx. 8 miles away); Moving the CSS Neuse (approx. 9.8 miles away).
Regarding William Dunn Moseley.
Born at the family home, "Moseley Hall," in Lenoir County, in 1795, William Dunn Moseley was one of many public servants in his family. To begin his career, Moseley graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1821 and pursued a career in law, opening an office in Wilmington. Moseley then became involved in politics and represented Lenoir County in the state senate from 1829 to 1837, serving as speaker for four terms from 1833-1836. While serving as Speaker in 1833, it fell to Moseley to break a tie and his favorable vote allowed passage of the bill of incorporation for the Baptist Literary Institute, now Wake Forest University.
Political differences lead to a decline in Moseley’s fortunes toward the end of his tenure in the senate and, and after losing a heated election campaign in 1837, he left state politics. Moseley moved to Florida where he previously had purchased a plantation on Lake Miccosukee. He was then elected to the Florida Territorial House
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