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Richard Dobbs Spaight

March 25, 1758
September 6, 1802
Later Residences:
New Bern, NC
Mary Leach Spaight (March 24, 1788)
Biographical Notes:
Richard Dobbs Spaight was born in New Berne, North Carolina March, 25 1758. His father, Richard, was a member of the king's council in 1757, and secretary of North Carolina under the crown in 1762. His mother was the daughter of Arthur Dobbs, governor of the colony in 1753-'65.

Spaight lost his parents at eight years of age and received his education abroad, being graduated at the University of Glasgow. He returned home in 1778, and at twenty years of age became aide-de-camp to General Richard Caswell, and was present at the Battle of Camden during the Revolutionary War. His kinsman, Captain William Spaight, of the 65th regiment, had already been engaged at the battle of Bunker Hill on the British side.

In 1781 he was elected to the North Carolina legislature, and again ...

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