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- April 1750 Appointed by Governor Johnston as justice of the peace for New Hanover County, North Carolina
- 1750 First elected town commissioner in August, and served at different times for eleven years
- 1754-1775 Member of the colonial assembly
- 1765 and 1766 Became chairman of the Sons of Liberty of North Carolina and was a leader in the resistance to the Stamp Act
- 1773 and 1774 Member of the committee of correspondence
- 1774 and 1775 Chairman of the Wilmington Committee of Safety
- 1775 and 1776 Member of the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth North Carolina Provincial Congresses; serving as president in the Fifth
- 1775 and 1776 Delegate to the provincial council, then made president of the council thus becoming chief executive of the new government of North Carolina
- 1776 Excepted by Sir Henry Clinton from his proclamation of general amnesty
- 1777 Councilor of state
- 1777-1779 Member of the Continental Congress
- 1781 Captured by the British upon their occupation of Wilmington in January. His health steadily declined while imprisoned.
- April 28 1781 Died shortly after being released on parole. He was buried in St. James' Churchyard Wilmington, North Carolina.
- Biographical Data courtesy of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.