WILLIAMSON, Hugh, a Delegate and a Representative from North Carolina; born on Oterara
Creek, in West Nottingham Township, Pa., December 5, 1735; attended the common
schools; prepared for college at Newark, Del., and was graduated from the
University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1757; studied theology, and was
licensed to preach in 1758; resigned, owing to ill health, in 1760; professor
of mathematics in the College of Philadelphia; studied medicine in Edinburgh,
Scotland, and Utrecht, Holland; returned to Philadelphia and practiced; engaged
in business; member of the American Philosophical Society, and was a member of
the commission to observe the transits of Venus and Mercury in 1773; at the
time of the Boston Tea Party he was examined in England by the privy
council regarding it; returned to America in 1776 and settled in Edenton, N.C.;
engaged in mercantile pursuits; during the Revolutionary War was surgeon
general of the North Carolina troops 1779-1782; Member of the State house of
commons in 1782 and 1785; member of the Continental Congress 1782-1785, and
1788; delegate to the Federal Convention in 1787, and signed the Constitution;
member of the State ratification convention in 1789; elected as a Federalist to
the First and Second Congresses and served from March 19, 1790, until March 3,
1793; moved to New York City in 1793; engaged extensively in literary pursuits
until his death in New York City, May 22, 1819; interment in the Apthrop tomb
in Trinity Churchyard.
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Mans Franklin and the National Domain.
North Carolina Historical Review 64 (October 1987): 371-93.