James Hunter

James Hunter, born in 1740 Virginia, is commonly called the “General of the Regulators.”


His main claims to Regulator Fame were that he and Rednap Howell presented a petition to Governor Tyron at Brunswick Town in 1768 and he was the intended recipient of a letter from Howell that was intercepted by local government officials in 1771. The letter outlines the attempt to organize Regulator groups in the east. Howell also mentioned the anti-government sentiments in the frontier. The letter was a big part of convincing the governor and council that the Regulators was surely aiming for revolution.

In a number of government documents, Hunter is referred to as the “ringleader” and he was declared an outlaw after the Battle of Alamance. He went in to hiding, only to appear again in 1776 where he was arrested by the Whigs and was accused of being a potentially dangerous Tory.

He later would swear allegiance to the new state, represented Guilford County in the House of Commons and also was a sheriff, treasurer and a county court judge in Guilford.

He died in 1820.

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