On October 31, 1754, Arthur Dobbs, the newly minted governor of North Carolina, arrived in the colony. He had previously been a very successful politician in Ireland. For the first few years of his tenure Dobbs was a successful governor. By 1764, with factionalism rampant, Dobbs asked for and received a leave of absence.
On June 2, 1690, John Gibbs issued a declaration claiming his right to the governorship of Carolina and called on the people to obey him. Gibbs proclaimed himself chief executive of the colony, basing his claim on the Fundamental Constitutions when Governor Seth Sothel was banished earlier that year.