James Hasell

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His Excellency
James Hasell
Governor of North Carolina
In office
1 July 1771 – 12 August 1771
Monarch George III
Preceded by William Tryon
Succeeded by Josiah Martin
Personal details
Nationality British

James Hasell was a British colonial official who served as the Acting Governor of North Carolina in 1771.[1]

Early life

In 1763 when Governor Arthur Dobbs was absent from the colony on a visit to South Carolina, Hassel, as senior member of the Council, was in charge on the government. Hasell also had other experience in colonial affairs as judge of the Court of Oyer and Terminer (a court to hear and determine cases) for Craven, Carteret, Johnston, Beaufort, and Hyde counties. He lived at Belgrange on the lower Cape Fear.[1]

In 1766 Governor Tryon wrote the British Board of Trade that he had given the commission of chief justice to James Hasell and described him as "senior member of his Majesty's Council, next to the President. He is much the gentleman, has acted in this office at different times seven years to general satisfaction: has been always esteemed a steady friend to the measures of government...."[1]

Acting Governor of North Carolina

After Governor Tryon left North Carolina to become governor of New York, the Council met on July 1, 1771, and Hasell took over office of the governor until the appointment of Josiah Martin, the last of the British governors. Governor Martin recommended that Hasell be made lieutenant governor in the place of Lieutenant Governor George Mercer, thinking that Mercer was to be appointed governor of Ohio. Though this appointment did not materialize, Mercer, remaining in England, nonetheless kept the office in the colony. [1] During the course of this year, he also helped to found and establish the present-day Queens University of Charlotte (then known as Queens College).

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queens_University_of_Charlotte#Institution does not agree with above reference to founding of Queens College in Charlotte)

Personal life

Hasell was apparently a book collector. His "lost" library was discovered in the early part of the 20th century in one of the old houses on the Sound near Wilmington. Described as "all that remains of North Carolina's oldest library," the collection contained a number of first editions, and many autographed by the leading men of the period.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Crabtree, Beth G. (1958). North Carolina Governors, 1585-1958; Brief Sketches. Raleigh, North Carolina: State Department of Archives and History. pp. 43–44. LCCN 58063545. OCLC 4155985.
Government offices
Preceded by
William Tryon
Governor of North Carolina

Succeeded by
Josiah Martin
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