He was born in October 1716 and died on June 8, 1771. When he married Anne Dunk, a wealthy heiress, he took on her surname. He became president of the Board of Trade in 1748 and served in several offices of British government. He helped found Halifax, Nova Scotia and was instrumental in American colonial development. Some have called him the "Father of the Colonies." During his time on the Board of Trade, he corresponded frequently with North Carolina's Governor Arthur Dobbs. He often signed his correspondence as Dunk-Halifax. Halifax County is named for him.