Second Administration Richard Caswell Correspondence

Correspondence from the second administration of Richard Caswell is now available through the North Carolina Digital Collections. Caswell was North Carolina’s first and fifth governor, making him the first governor to serve for two administrations. From 1749 to his death in 1789, Caswell was continuously involved in military and political matters regarding North Carolina and he filled a multitude of positions including member of the colonial assembly, deputy attorney general, and commander of the state militia. He focused on creating a strong state militia and spent a large portion of his time raising and leading troops. Caswell spent his final three terms as Governor pacifying the unrest among the Cherokee, supporting the creation and ratification of a federal Constitution, and responding to various petitions from his constituents. Much of the correspondence online encompasses these topics and also includes Congressional acts and resolutions, treaties with the Cherokee, and a draft of a Constitution of the State of Franklin.

For more information about Richard Caswell, check out this finding aid and NCpedia article.

Below is an abridged list of individuals found in the new batch of correspondence. Click on a name for their NCpedia article:

Thomas Blount, John Gray Blount, Benjamin Hawkins, John Haywood, James Robertson, John Sevier, Evan ShelbyRichard Dobbs SpaightSamuel Spencer, Hugh Williamson