Richard Caswell came to North Carolina at age 16. By age 18 he was Assistant Surveyor General for the state. At age 23 he was Clerk of Court, then High Sheriff. He went on to serve in the Colonial Assembly for 20 years, then the Continental Congress, and as North Carolina’s 1st and 5th Governor. This extraordinary man had been a loyal British subject who fought against the Regulator rebellion, yet he emerged during the Revolution as a vital leader of the Patriot cause and embraced Americas revolutionary fervor.
Joe A. Mobley has worked with the Division of Archives and History of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, serving as archivist, historical researcher and historical publications editor. Until his retirement, he served as editor in chief of the North Carolina Historical review. Currently, he teaches courses in North Carolina history at NC State University and Louisburg College. He has published several works of history, and has won the 2006 North Caroliniana Book Award. His most recent book is North Carolina Governor Richard Caswell, Founding Father and Revolutionary Hero, and will discuss that at Lunch & Learn.