North Carolina Statehood: Joseph Hewes Masonic First Day Cover 1989 25-cent #2347
|August 17, 2012||Posted by Lars under 1980s, Masonic, U.S. History, U.S. States|
Successful Merchant & Workhorse of the Continental Congress
After attending Princeton College (Princeton, New Jersey), Joseph Hewes established what turned out to be a most successful and prosperous shipping business in Wilmington, North Carolina. By the start of the Revolutionary War he had amassed a fortune.
One of Nine Freemasons to Sign Declaration of Independence
Moving up in the Provincial government he was sent to Philadelphia in 1775 as one of three North Carolina representatives. Hewes quickly established himself as an untiring working and maritime expert. He became one of the nine known Freemasons to sign the Declaration of Independence, having been made a Mason in Unanimity Lodge #7 in 1776.
During the Revolutionary War, Hewes sent his ships to serve the Continental Armed Forces and became the defacto first Secretary of the Navy by serving as Congress’ Secretary of Naval Affairs Committee.
Joseph Hewes left a large fortune when he fell ill and died at the early age of 50, but he had no children to receive his wealth. Hewes was set to marry, although just several days before the wedding his bride-to-be died and he never married. He was buried with a Masonic funeral with all member of the Continental Congress in attendance.