1778 – Born on September 19th in Newbern, North Carolina. William Gaston, a prominent attorney, judge, and university trustee.
1791 – He was sent to Georgetown College, his name being the name being inscribed on the roll of the students of that institution.
1796 – He entered Princeton College, New Jersey, where he graduated with first honors.
1798 – Studied law and was admitted to the bar.
1800 – Gaston was elected to the Senate of his native state, although its constitution at the time contained a clause excluding Catholics from office.
1813-1815 – Elected to Congress, his career in Washington was active and brilliant, as one of the influential leaders of Federal party.
1833 – Elevated to the bench of the supreme Court of North Carolina, an office which he held for the remainder of his life.
1844 – Died on January 28th in Raleigh, North Carolina.