Both candidates were Republicans, however, the Federalists supported Benjamin Smith, who had once during the 1790's espoused Federalism.
Election held to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of the Hon. James Gillespie.
Original Election Returns. State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh.
Legislative Papers for 1805. State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh.
Wilmington Gazette (Wilmington, NC). August 13, 1805.
Raleigh Register, and North-Carolina State Gazette (Raleigh, NC). August 19, 1805.
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