Stephen Cabarrus, a native of France, appeared in Edenton, NC in 1776, married Mrs. Jeanne Bodley and became master of his wife’s estate, ‘Pembroke,’ near Edenton, NC and accumulated 1,980 acres by 1777. He represented Chowan County and Edenton in the NC House of Commons from 1784 to 1805. Cabarrus was a delegate to the 1788 Hillsborough Convention and to the Fayetteville Convention pf 1789 that ratified the Constitution. During his tenure as speaker of the NC House of Commons, the legislature agreed to locate a permanent seat of government in Raleigh, NC. The NC legislature recognized his contributions to the State and named Cabarrus County in his honor. He was appointed to the first Board of Trustees of UNC-Chapel Hill in 1789.