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A political campaign dispute between Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr., and John Stanly culminated in the summer of 1802, when the men fought the state's most famous duel in New Bern. Spaight was mortally wounded.
Although remembered for killing Richard Dobbs Spaight in the state's most famous duel in 1802, John Stanley had a distinguished career in politics. Elected in 1801 to the U.S. House of Representatives, he was speaker when felled by a stroke in 1827.
John Stanley killed former governor, Richard Dobbs Spaight in a mortal duel fought over the policies of President John Adams.
The Spaight-Stanly Duel in 1802 is one of the most notorious duels fought in North Carolina and resulted in the death of one of its most distinguished citizens.