North Carolina Ordnance and President Edwards


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Apr 11, 2016
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North Carolina
AN ORDINANCE to dissolve the union between the State of North Carolina and the other States united with her, under the compact of government entitled "The Constitution of the United States."

We, the people of the State of North Carolina in convention assembled, do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained, That the ordinance adopted by the State of North Carolina in the convention of 1789, whereby the Constitution of the United States was ratified and adopted, and also all acts and parts of acts of the General Assembly ratifying and adopting amendments to the said Constitution, are hereby repealed, rescinded, and abrogated.

We do further declare and ordain, That the union now subsisting between the State of North Carolina and the other States, under the title of the United States of America, is hereby dissolved, and that the State of North Carolina is in full possession and exercise of all those rights of sovereignty which belong and appertain to a free and independent State.

Done in convention at the city of Raleigh, this the 20th day of May, in the year of our Lord 1861, and in the eighty-fifth year of the independence of said State.

Weldon Nathaniel Edwards:

Born: January 25, 1798

Birthplace: Gaston North Carolina

Father: Benjamin J. Edwards 1757 – 1800

Mother: Priscilla Williamson 1761 -

Wife: Lucy Smith Norfleet 1805 – 1892

Occupation before War:

Attorney in Warrenton North Carolina

1814 – 1815: North Carolina State Representative

1816 – 1827: U.S. Congressman from North Carolina

1823 – 1825: Congressional Chairman Treasury Dept. Expenses

1825 – 1827: Congressional Chairman Public Expenditures

Plantation Owner in Warrenton North Carolina

1833 – 1844: North Carolina State Senator

1835: Member North Carolina State Constitution Convention

North Carolina State Senator

President of North Carolina State Senate

Civil War Career:

1860 – 1861: Leader of North Carolina Secession Leaders

1861: President of Southern Rights Convention in Goldsboro NC

1861: President of North Carolina Secession Convention

Leader in opposition to Governor Zebulon B. Vance

Occupation after War:

1868: Delegate to Constitutional Union Party Convention

Owner of Poplar Mount Plantation in Warrenton North Carolina

Died: December 18, 1873

Place of Death: Poplar Mount Plantation Warrenton N.C.

Age at time of Death: 85 years old

Burial Place: Poplar Mont Cemetery Warrenton North Carolina


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