History - The First Generation of United States Marshals
Marshal of North Carolina: John Skinner
John Skinner was born on October 7, 1760, in Perquimans County, N.C.
the Revolutionary War, he served in the North Carolina Continental Line.
In 1784, Skinner won election to the North Carolina Senate. The next
represented Perquimans County in the state House of Commons before
to the state Senate in 1786 and 1787.
One of the men who later recommended him for appointment as Marshal
mentioned that Skinner served in the state legislature from the time he
eligible. After he left the legislature, he served on the Governor's
1788 and 1789.
In 1788, Skinner took part in the North Carolina convention held to vote
ratification of the new Constitution. Although he voted for it, the
majority of the delegates determined to withhold North Carolina's
approval until the Constitution
included a bill of rights. Following the passage of the first ten
North Carolina ratified the Constitution at another convention held in
1789. Its admission to the union in 1790 gave Washington the opportunity
Skinner Marshal on June 8.Between 1779 and 1785, Skinner received grants
for 1,399 acres of land. In 1790, Skinner had 850 acres on which he grew
tobacco and owned 38 slaves. Skinner also had a fishery and he and his
brother owned a mill and a bakery. The governor described him as a
"gentleman of respectable connections and property. " Another friend
mentioned that Skinner was "very independent in his circumstances."
Skinner served as Marshal for four years. In 1794, he asked Oliver
Wolcott, Washington's second Secretary of the Treasury, to appoint him
of Loans in North Carolina. He wrote Wolcott that "I trust that my
conduct while exercising the office of Marshal in the North Carolina
District is so generally known to the Heads of the Departments that it
would be improper to send letters of recommendation."
Skinner died December 3 1, 1819. His will mentions "50 silver dollars"
possession, as well as debts. According to the will, through Skinner's
his estate was "more than Two Thousand Pounds the worse."