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Where is Richard Caswell buried? Caswell, Revolutionary War hero and first governor of North Carolina, died in 1789. The funeral was held in Fayetteville, but no one can prove whether he was buried in Fayetteville or in Kinston, as some claim. It is a grave, historical mystery.
Richard Caswell was one of the most loyal patriots during the early history of North Carolina and rendered outstanding services as both a statesman and a solider.
Richard Caswell was the first governor despite no campaigning and not being directly elected by the state's citizens. He moved from Maryland in the mid-1700s to Lenoir County to be a surveyor and later county clerk. From 1776-1780 and again from 1784-1787, he served as governor and later as state Senator until his death on November 10, 1789.