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First Biography on Gov. Richard Caswell

"First of Patriots  and the Best of Men"
                                            North Carolina Society of Historians us Awards for 2008
Willie Parker Peace History Book Award


The Lenoir County Colonial Commission  is pleased to offer the first book-length study of
 Richard Caswell, "the father of our state" and the first governor of the State of North Carolina.

Written by Clayton Brown Alexander
Edited by Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

Book Review


The first biography ever written on Richard Caswell, NC Revolutionary War Hero and the first Governor of North Carolina will be released on Monday, August 13 as the start of the weeklong celebration of his life. The book is the result of a dissertation by Clayton Brown Alexander in 1930 and edited by Dr. Keats Sparrow. Dr. Sparrow has added illustrations, footnotes, and a chronology of the life of Gov. Caswell. The book is not only about the life of Caswell, but also includes a substantial amount of information regarding Colonial North Carolina and what is today, Tennessee.
The ca. 200-page soft cover volume is illustrated and includes a chronology of Caswell's life, a bibliography, and appendices. The book will be available in a limited edition of only 500 copies and promises to become a collector's item, so to ensure you'll obtain a copy order yours today! 

Those of you who pick up the book locally can go to the Kinston/Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce on

Monday, August 13 between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm or that night at the reception being held at the Kinston Arts Council. Any changes in the pickup time will be placed on the website closer to the time.
We hope many of you will avail yourself of this opportunity to learn more about your state and this unsung hero as we all have. We also hope many of you can visit Kinston for the Celebration Week which promises to be quite a tribute to Gov. Caswell.

Cost of Books is $26
Plus $6.00 if shipped

    For more information on book contact Martha Mewborn Marble 58marble@suddenlink.net
Make check out to Lenoir County Colonial Commission

Mail to:
Caswell Book

102 Kriens Court
New Bern, NC  28562


  North Carolina Society of Historians
Willie Parker Peace History Book Award

Hickory, NC. The North Carolina Society of Historians presented awards to two Lenoir County publications at their Annual Awards Banquet on October 11th 2008 at the Gateway Conference Center.  Heritage Trail, the quarterly newsletter of the Heritage Genealogical Society of Lenoir, Jones and Greene counties was chosen by a panel of judges to receive the Joe M. McLaurin Newsletter Award. Jacqueline Rouse Boykin, newsletter editor, accepted the award. The Willie Parker Peace History Book Award was presented to W. Keats Sparrow and in memory of Clayton Brown Alexander for The First of Patriots and Best of Men: Richard Caswell in Public Life published by the Colonial Commission. Both publications were recognized for the many valuable contributions they have made toward the collection, preservation and perpetuation of North Carolina history. The society was formed in 1941 for the purpose of collecting and preserving North Carolina history, traditions, artifacts, genealogies and folklore on the state, county and local levels and to reward those who fulfill these objectives in exceptional ways. Awards categories are:  Museums, Newspaper and Magazine Articles, Books, Newsletters, Journals, and Multimedia as well as Historian of the Year. There are no entry fees, but all entries must promote North Carolina history.

For Society information or award entry forms, write to Elizabeth Bray Sherrill, President, NCSH, PO Box 93, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673-0093; or visit the website at <www.ncsocietyofhistorians.org