WILLIAMS, JOHN, a Delegate from North Carolina; born in Hanover County, Va., March 14, 1731;
moved to North Carolina in 1745 with his parents, who settled in Granville County; donated the land
and laid out the town of Williamsboro, N.C.; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced
practice in Williamsboro; one of the founders of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
deputy attorney general in 1768; delegate to the Provincial Congress of 1775; member of the State
house of commons in 1777 and 1778 and served as speaker; Member of the Continental Congress in
1778 and 1779; judge of the supreme court of North Carolina from 1779 until his death in Montpelier,
near Williamsboro, N.C., October 10, 1799; interment in the family cemetery, Montpelier, N.C.