Harnett, Cornelius, Jr.
- David T. Morgan
Harnett, Cornelius, Jr. (20 April 1723?–28 April 1781), politician and Revolutionary leader, was born in eastern North Carolina, probably in Chowan County, the son of Cornelius Harnett, a merchant, and Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). As a provincial leader of resistance against British policies from 1765 to 1776, Cornelius Harnett, Jr., had few equals. He also did yeoman service for the American cause as a dependable delegate to the Continental Congress. This merchant and distiller of rum has been called the “Pride of the Cape Fear” and the “Samuel Adams of North Carolina.”...