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Sheriff Horace D. Bridges

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12th Sheriff of Chatham County

Chatham County Sheriff

Served: Aug 1813-Aug 1837

Appointed/Elected: Appointed and Elected

Age taking office: 23

Population: 12,661 in 1820/ 16, 242 in 1830

Birth date: July 29, 1790

Birth place: Granville County, NC

Died: May 3, 1841

Buried: Unknown


Mother: Frances Davis, b. January 30, 1755

Father: Joseph Bridges, b. February 1, 1750, Virginia

1st Wife: Martha Gee, married on October 22, 1812 (Daughter of Sheriff Gee)

Children: Nathaniel M. Bridges

2nd Wife: Lousia G. Johnson, married May 26, 1825


Tenure Notables


Sheriff Bridges was the last to be appointed by the County Court.

Sheriff Bridges was the first Sheriff to be elected by direct vote of the people.

Sheriff Bridges has the distinction of having held the office longer than any other person has served as sheriff of the county in its history.


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