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Cornelius Harnett (April 20, 1723–April 28, 1781) was a American merchant, farmer, and statesman from Wilmington, North Carolina. He was a leading revolutionary in the Cape Fear region, and a delegate for North Carolina in the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1779.
- 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 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.
- Robert D.W. Conner; ”Cornelius Harnett;: An essay in North Carolina history”; 1971, Books for Libraries Press (ISBN 0836956478).
- Excerpt from "Dictionary of North Carolina Biography" (ISBN 0807819182)
- Harnett’s Congressional biography
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