He was a member of the Assembly for Bertie and Northampton counties, justice of the court, and member of the Governors' council. There are two men of the same name who are often confused for one another. This John Dawson served on the governor's council from 1752-1761, serving under both Governors Johnston and Arthur Dobbs.
The other man, Col. John Dawson of Bertie County, was a lawyer and managed his wife's large plantation along the Chowan River.
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