PURVIANCE, Samuel Dinsmore, (1774 - 1806)

PURVIANCE, Samuel Dinsmore, a Representative from North Carolina; born on Masonboro Sound at Castle Fin House, near Wilmington, New Hanover County, N.C., January 7, 1774; attended a private school; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced at Fayetteville, N.C.; also owned and operated a large plantation; member of the State house of commons in 1798 and 1799; member of the State senate from Cumberland County in 1801; trustee of Fayetteville Academy in 1803; elected as a Federalist to the Eighth Congress (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1805); continued the practice of law in Fayetteville; died on the Red River about 1806, while on an exploring expedition into the West.