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  • Monument Name

    Governor Benjamin Williams, Carthage

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City

    Carthage

  • County

    Moore

  • Description

    The memorial to Governor Williams is a roughhewn, lectern shaped block of granite several feet tall. Attached to the lectern top is a rectangular shaped bronze tablet holding the inscription. Centered beneath the tablets title lines is the Great Seal of North Carolina with inscriptions to either side. The marker stands next to Williams’s grave site which is surrounded by a white picket fence. A small Sons of the American Revolution marker is in the ground next to the Williams marker and grave.

    Images (by Marisa Balatico): Bronze plaque | Sons of the American Revolution marker

  • Inscription

    BENJAMIN WILLIAMS / 1751-1814 / CAPTAIN / SECOND REGIMENT / NORTH CAROLINA / CONTINENTAL LINE / 1776-1778 / COLONEL / NORTH CAROLINA / MILITIA / 1781 / MEMBER OF THE PROVINCIAL CONGRESS 1774-1775 / MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS 1779-1785-1789 / STATE SENATOR 1781-1784-1786-1788-1807-1809 / MEMBER OF CONGRESS / 1793-1795 / GOVERNOR OF NORTH CAROLINA / 1799 TO 1802 – 1807-1808 / PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE / UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA / 1799 TO 1802 – 1807-1809 / INSPIRED WITH THE LOVE OF LIBERTY AND ANIMATED / BY FAITH IN THE ACHIEVEMENT OF INDEPENDENCE, IN EARLY / MANHOOD HE CAST HIS LOT WITH KINDRED SPIRITS OF CLEAR / VISION AND DAUNTLESS COURAGE, WHO DEFIED THE CROWN, / SEVERED THE BONDS OF AMERICA’S ALLEGIANCE TO BRITAIN, / ACQUIRED THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE COLONIES, ESTABLISHED / CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, CHANGED THE COURSE OF / HISTORY, AND HELPED TO SHAPE THE DESTINY OF THE WORLD.

  • Custodian

    North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

  • Dedication Date

    January 1921

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.467870 , -79.384340 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      “Governor Williams Memorial Association Busy. Order Given for Tablet to Mark the Last Place of Governor Williams on Deep River,” The Moore County News (Carthage, NC), April 22, 1920

      “Join General Carr in Saving Williams' Grave,” The Moore County News (Carthage, NC), January 22, 1920

      “Memorial Put Off Indefinitely,” The Moore County News (Carthage, NC), September 2, 1920

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    Governor Williams Memorial Association

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The dedication was first scheduled for July 3, 1920 and then September 1920. The delays were possibly caused by the bronze tablet not being ready. After the second delay further attempts to arrange a formal dedication were not formulated. The memorial was finally in place in January 1921.

  • Subject Notes

    The marker was placed as part of an effort to properly mark and restore Governor Williams’ grave. Julian Carr initiated the efforts and acted as president of the memorial association.

  • Location

    The marker is located at 288 Alston House Road, Sanford, NC 27330.

  • Death Space

    Yes

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