Willie Jones, a Northampton Co., NC native, younger brother of Allen Jones, educated at Eton College in England, and became president of the NC Committee of Safety in 1776 and first Governor ex officio of North Carolina. He is claimed to have written the State’s first constitution adopted in 1776. Jones was elected to NC House of Commons 1776-78, chosen a member of the NC delegation to the Continental Congress in 1780-81. He declined the invitation to the US Constitutional Convention of 1787 and led the opposition to the ratification of the US Constitution. Jones dropped out of public life after the Constitution was ratified.