William Tryon was Royal Governor of North Carolina from 1765 to 1771. He was not formally educated, but having family ties to the President of the Board of Trade, Lord Hillsborough, and having married an heiress, he advanced both militarily and politically (Robinson, 1968). He arrived in North Carolina on October 11, 1764, accompanied by his wife, their four-year-daughter and Tryon’s secretary, which was also Lady Tryon’s cousin (Robinson, 1968). The Tryon family came to North Carolina when William was appointed lieutenant-governor. He would be the successor to Governor Arthur Dobbs (1754 – 1765), also an English royal governor, who had requested a 12 month absence to return to England. Upon his arrival in North Carolina, however, Tryon received the news that Governor Dobbs had postponed his trip and planned to remain in office until the following spring (Robinson, 1963). After Governor Dobbs’ sudden death in the spring of 1765, William Tryon took over as governor.