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HUSBANDS, Herman, patriot, born in Pennsylvania; died near Philadelphia in 1795. He was a member of the Society of Friends, and is said to have been related to Benjamin Franklin. After removing to Orange county, North Carolina, he served in the legislature of that colony, became obnoxious to the royalists from his independence, and was a leader of the "Regulators," an organization formed in 1768 for the redress of grievances, and was the particular object of William Tryon's persecutions, though he took no part in the resulting acts of violence. On 24 September, 1770. the Regulators broke up the court at Hillsboro, maltreated some of the officials, and demolished the house of Edmund Fanning. His connection with the Regulators led to his expulsion from the legislature, 20 December, 1770, and on 31 January, 1771, he was arrested by order of Governor Tryon for libel, and put in New Berne jail. On l6 May, 1771, a battle was fought on the banks of the Alamance creek between 1,000 men under Governor Tryon and 2,000 Regulators, in which the latter were defeated. Though Husbands, pleading the pacific character of his sect, did not participate in the fight, he found it necessary to take flight first to Maryland and thence to Pennsylvania, and settled near Pittsburg. He was a member of the Pennsylvania legislature in 1778, was concerned in the whiskey insurrection in western Pennsylvania in 1794, and was on the committee of safety with Albert Gallatin and others. For his connection with this uprising Husbands was imprisoned for a short time in Philadelphia, but was released by the advice of Dr. David Caldwell, and died on his way home. He published an account of the Regulator movement (1771).
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