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Waightstill Avery was born in Groton, Connecticut back in 1741. He could trace his ancestry in the United States back to 1630. He was elected to the colonial assembly in 1772 serving as attorney-general for the Crown.

In 1775 and 1776 he was elected to the North Carolina Provincial Congress, helping draft the first North Carolina Constitution. among his other accomplishments he was also the first Attorney General of North Carolina. In his spare time, he served in the state’s militia during the American Revolutionary War.

He clamored for the colony’s independence from Great Britain going on to serve in the North Carolina General Assembly and the Senate. Now for the rest of the story. What you may not know about Waightstill is that he was challenged to a duel by Andrew Jackson when Andrew was a territorial lawyer. They met on the field of honor, each intentionally missed the other while firing. Both of them left the field and remained fast friends for the rest of their lives. Thus ends my story for today, until tomorrow smile and keep a penny in your pocket.


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Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873)
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

James, what an interesting name. First time I come across it. And I loved the ending. I thought it was going to end like that other duel between politicians way back when. Now I'm going to have to look that up! lol

Jun 10, 2017 04:25 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. What a story. Duled, missed and then friends. Amazing.

Jun 10, 2017 04:35 AM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Jun 10, 2017 04:41 AM #3
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Interesting stuff James.  I am curious what instigated the duel.  Do you know the rest of the rest of the story?  

Jun 10, 2017 06:05 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Sometimes the best shot is a miss! Thank goodness. Enjoy your day!

Jun 10, 2017 07:02 AM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Unusal story and I bet both of them were grateful that neither decided to change their mind about where to fire.

Jun 10, 2017 07:38 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I am just glad they were both on the same page for their duel James Dray 

Jun 10, 2017 11:46 AM #7
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James having lived in CT I have been to Groton and interestingly I had no idea of the history between these two famous duelers:))Endre

Jun 10, 2017 09:28 PM #8
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

That is a story I never heard before about Jackson and he was in plenty of duels. I guess the moral of the story is don't let an argument ruin a friendship.

Jun 22, 2017 07:53 AM #9
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