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This article challenges and reevaluates several of historian Julian Boyd's interpretations regarding the appointments of sheriffs in colonial North Carolina. The author uses quantitative evidence from 14 counties, the number of sheriffs who were justices of the peace, the frequency of self-recommendation, the frequency of county court recommendations and the governor's use of independent judgment in the appointment of sheriffs.
The county as a unit of government became very important during the Colonial Period of the 18th century in North Carolina. The county was instrumental in the disbursement of public funds for a variety of purposes. This included construction and maintenance of public buildings, salaries for sheriffs, clerks of court and tobacco inspectors, provision of public services, construction of bridges and operation of ferries, standardizing weights and measures, surveying of county boundaries and provision of charitable services.