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The Town Fathers of Early Wilmington, 1743-1775

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Wilmington town government was atypical in pre-revolutionary North Carolina in the democratic manner by which its commissioners were chosen. Popular election of town leaders became increasingly common as citizens demanded a greater voice in town affairs. Wilmington’s town fathers tended to be young men, merchants, and Anglican.