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Davie, William Richardson

Born: 1756 AD
Died: 1820 AD
2.5 (50%) 4 votes

US (English-born) lawyer and politician


1756 – Born in Egremont Parish, Cumberland County, England, on the 22nd of June to Archibald and Mary Richardson Davie.


1771 – Davie traveled to North Carolina at the age of fifteen to studied at Queen’s College in Charlotte.


1774 – Enrolled at the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University).


1776 – Received his bachelor’s degree at the College of New Jersey.


1777 – He left Salisbury to join 1,200 militiamen led by Brigadier General Allen Jones of Northampton County.


1779 – He closed his law books again to reenter military service.


       – On 20th of June, he led a charge against British forces at the Battle of Stono Ferry outside Charleston.


       – Obtained a license to practice law in North Carolina.


1780 – He led that mounted force in several actions during the summer.


1786-1798 – He was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons on multiple occasions.


1787 – Served as a member of the Constitutional Convention.


1789-1807 – Founder and served as board of trustees of University of North Carolina.


1797 – Appointed brigadier general in the U.S. Army by President John Adams.


1798-1799 – Elected Governor of North Carolina.


1798 – Served as president of University of North Carolina.


1799 – He resigned as the state’s chief executive.


       – President Adams enlisted him to serve on a peace commission to France.


1803 – He ran for the U.S. House of Representatives but ended unsuccessful.


1804 – In the election, he placed second to Alston with an unofficial write-in campaign.


1805-1806 – Davie, unsuccessful in a run for the U.S. House of Representatives.


1812 – Davie served in the army, but declined an offer from President James Madison to command the American forces.


1820 – He died on 5th of November in his Tivoli estate.


1836 – Davie County, North Carolina is named in his memory.




2.5 (50%) 4 votes