Joseph Hewes DOI


Joseph Hewes was born in Princeton New Jersey on 23 Jan 1730 and died on 10 November 1779. He was an Episcopalian. Joseph was educated at Princeton College and became a merchant. Joseph moved to North Carolina in 1760 and was elected to the Legislature in 1763. He was elected in 1774 to represent North Carolina in the Continental Congress. He was appointed the first Secretary Of The Navy in early 1776. He never married.  Joseph was a Freemason, Unanimity Lodge No. 7, visited in 1776, and buried with Masonic funeral honors

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