James Glasgow

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James Glasgow
First Secretary of State of North Carolina
In office
Preceded by none
Succeeded by William White
Personal details
Born 1735
Died 1819 (aged 83–84)
Nashville, Tennessee
Children Nancy
Military service
Allegiance United States North Carolina Patriots
Service/branch Militia
Years of service 1776
Battles/wars Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge

James Glasgow (c. 1735—1819) served as the first North Carolina Secretary of State, from 1777 to 1798.[1]


Early life[edit]

Glasgow, the son of a Scottish minister, was educated at the College of William & Mary.[1]


He was active in the American Revolutionary War in North Carolina, and in December 1776, was rewarded by the last of the state's provincial congresses with the office of Secretary of State. From 1777 to 1781, Glasgow lived at Harmony Hall in Kinston.

In 1791, while he was still serving as Secretary of State, the state legislature named a county after him. He resigned in disgrace after a scandal known as the "Glasgow Land Fraud." After his resignation, the county was renamed Greene County.

Personal life[edit]

His daughter, Nancy Glasgow, married Willoughby Williams, a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, and later remarried to Joseph McMinn, who served as Governor of Tennessee from 1815 to 1821.[2]


  1. ^ a b Speculation Lands Collection at UNC-A
  2. ^ Zella Armstrong, Some Tennessee Heroes of the Revolution: Compiled from Pension Statements, Genealogical Publishing Com, 2009, p. 117 [1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
new office
Secretary of State of North Carolina
Succeeded by
William White