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Encyclopedia > Cornelius Harnett

Cornelius Harnett (April 20, 1723April 28, 1781) was a American merchant, farmer, and statesman from Wilmington, North Carolina. He was a leading revolutionary in the Cape Fear region, and a delegate for North Carolina in the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1779.

Cornelius was born to Cornelies and Elizabeth Harnett in Chowan County, North Carolina, and soon after his parents moved to Wilmington

Biographical Data courtesy of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Further reading

  • Robert D.W. Conner; Cornelius Harnett;: An essay in North Carolina history”; 1971, Books for Libraries Press (ISBN 0836956478).

External links

  • Excerpt from "Dictionary of North Carolina Biography" (http://www.harnett.org/library/harnettc.htm) (ISBN 0807819182)
  • Harnett’s Congressional biography (http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=H000218)

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Harnett enjoyed the reputation as a leading patriot among the residents of Wilmington and later became a recognized figure throughout the new nation of the United States.
Cornelius Harnett was one of the two men chosen as a spokesperson for Wilmington and was directed to call upon Governor Tryon.
Harnett, among others, was instrumental in drafting the content of the Declaration of Independence.
Cornelius Harnett - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (222 words)
Harnett was born to Cornelius and Elizabeth Harnett in Chowan County, North Carolina.
Cornelius was elected to represent Wilmington in the North Carolina General Assembly in 1754.
In 1765, Cornelius became the chairman of the Sons of Liberty, and was a leader in the resistance to the Stamp Act.
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