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Celebrating the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence: All About the Declaration

Signers' Biographies & Signatures

The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was supposedly signed by more than twenty-five prominent citizens of Mecklenburg County on May. 20, 1775. These signers came from all walks of life and had a great influence in Charlotte's early history. Find out a bit more about these significant individuals for yourself .

Abraham Alexander
Adam Alexander
Charles Alexander
Ezra Alexander
Hezekiah Alexander
John Alexander
Waightstill Avery
Hezekiah Balch
Richard Barry
Ephraim Brevard
John Davidson
Henry Downs
John Flennekin
John Foard
William Graham
James Harris
Richard Harris
Robert Irwin
William Kennon
Matthew McClure
Neill Morrison
Duncan Ochiltree
Benjamin Patton
John Phifer
Thomas Polk
John Queary
David Reese
Zaccheus Wilson
Hezekiah Alexander (1728-1801)

Hezekiah Alexander was one of the original signers of the Meckenburg Declaration of Independence.

In 1774, Maryland native Hezekiah Alexander built a two-story stone house that remains the oldest dwelling in Mecklenburg County. The 600-acre plantation was home to Alexander, his wife Mary Sample, and their 10 children. Alexander, like many of the other wealthy Mecklenburg leaders, owned slaves.

He was one of five men John McKnitt Alexander, Ephraim Brevard, Abraham Alexander and Thomas Polk who were at the center of Mecklenburg's political and economic struggles during the Revolutionary War years. These men, the "Committee of Safety," maintained order and kept citizens informed of the turbulent events taking place.

In 1775, news of a British attack on Massachusetts colonists reached the Carolinas. Mecklenburgers angrily announced their freedom in documents called the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Mecklenburg Resolves. Alexander was one of the 27 signers of the proclamation.

The existence of the actual "Meck Dec" would be a source of controversy for generations to come. Today, the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, part of the Charlotte Museum of History, has been designated an historic site and can be visited by the public.

Signatures are provided from other historical documents of the era since the original Meck. Dec. document does not exist. (Courtesy of T. Crumbley)