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North Carolina: Governors


Governors of North Carolina, 1776-2020 (May be incomplete!)
Richard Caswell 1776-80 Abner Nash 1780-81 Thomas Burke 1781-82 Alexander Martin 1782-85 Richard Caswell 1785-87 Samuel Johnston 1787-89 Alexander Martin 1789-92 Richard Dobbs Spaight 1792-95 Samuel Ashe 1795-98 William Richardson Davie 1798-99 Benjamin Williams 1799-1802 James Turner 1802-05 Nathaniel Alexander 1805-07 Benjamin Williams 1807-08 David Stone 1808-10 Benjamin Smith 1810-11 William Hawkins 1811-14 William Miller 1814-17 John Branch 1817-20 Jesse Franklin 1820-21 Gabriel Holmes 1821-24 Hutchins Gordon Burton 1824-27 James Iredell 1827-28 John Owen 1828-30 Montfort Stokes 1830-32 David L. Swain 1832-35 Richard D. Spaight, Jr. 1835-36 Edward B. Dudley 1836-41 John Motley Morehead 1841-45 William A. Graham 1845-49 Charles Manly 1849-51 David S. Reid 1851-54 Warren Winslow 1854 Thomas Bragg 1855-59 John Willis Ellis 1859-61 Henry T. Clark 1861-62 Zebulon B. Vance 1862-65 William W. Holden 1865 Jonathan Worth 1865-68 William W. Holden 1868-70 Tod R. Caldwell 1870-74 Curtis H. Brogden 1874-77 Zebulon B. Vance 1877-79 Thomas J. Jarvis 1879-85 Alfred M. Scales 1885-89 Daniel G. Fowle 1889-91 Thomas M. Holt 1891-93 Elias Carr 1893-97 D. L. Russell 1897-1901 Charles B. Aycock 1901-05 Robert B. Glenn 1905-09 William W. Kitchin 1909-13 Locke Craig 1913-17 Thomas W. Bickett 1917-21 Cameron Morrison 1921-25 Angus W. McLean 1925-29 O. Max Gardner 1929-33 J. C. B. Ehringhaus 1933-37 Clyde R. Hoey 1937-41 J. Melville Broughton 1941-45 R. Gregg Cherry 1945-49 W. Kerr Scott 1949-53 William B. Umstead 1953-54 Luther H. Hodges 1954-61 Terry Sanford 1961-65 Dan K. Moore 1965-69 Robert Scott 1969-73 James E. Holshouser, Jr. 1973-77 James B. Hunt, Jr. 1977-85 James G. Martin 1985-93 James B. Hunt, Jr. 1993-2001 Mike F. Easley 2001-09 Bev Perdue 2009-13 Pat McCrory 2013-17 Roy Cooper 2017-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1802: John Baptista Ashe, elected, but died before taking office.
  • 1840: Romulus M. Saunders, defeated.
  • 1856: John A. Gilmer, defeated.
  • 1861 Jul 7: John Willis Ellis, died in office.
  • 1868: Thomas Samuel Ashe, defeated.
  • 1872: A. S. Merrimon, defeated.
  • 1874 Jul 11: Tod R. Caldwell, died in office.
  • 1876: Thomas Settle, defeated.
  • 1880: Ralph P. Buxton, defeated.
  • 1884: Tyre York, defeated.
  • 1888: Charles M. Stedman, defeated for nomination; Oliver Hart Dockery, defeated; William Walker, defeated.
  • 1891 Apr 7: Daniel G. Fowle, died in office.
  • 1892: David M. Furches (Rep), defeated; Will P. Exum (Populist), defeated; James M. Templeton (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1896: William A. Guthrie, defeated; Cyrus B. Watson, defeated.
  • 1900: Spencer B. Adams (Rep), defeated.
  • 1904: Charles J. Harris (Rep), defeated.
  • 1908: J. Elwood Cox (Rep), defeated.
  • 1912 Nov 5: Locke Craig (Dem), elected; Iredell Meares (Progressive), defeated; Thomas Settle (Rep), defeated; H. E. Hodges (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1916 Nov 7: Thomas W. Bickett (Dem), elected; Frank A. Linney (Rep), defeated; L. Miller, defeated.
  • 1920: O. Max Gardner (Dem), defeated for nomination.
  • 1920 Nov 2: Cameron Morrison (Dem), elected; John J. Parker (Rep), defeated.
  • 1924 Nov 4: Angus W. McLean (Dem), elected; Isaac M. Meekins (Rep), defeated.
  • 1928 Nov 6: O. Max Gardner (Dem), elected; Herbert F. Seawell (Rep), defeated.
  • 1932 Nov 8: J. C. B. Ehringhaus (Dem), elected; C. Clifford Frazier (Rep), defeated.
  • 1936 Nov 3: Clyde R. Hoey (Dem), elected; Gilliam Grissom (Rep), defeated.
  • 1940 Nov 5: J. Melville Broughton (Dem), elected; Robert H. McNeill (Rep), defeated.
  • 1944 Nov 7: R. Gregg Cherry (Dem), elected; Frank C. Patton (Rep), defeated.
  • 1948 Nov 2: W. Kerr Scott (Dem), elected; George M. Pritchard (Rep), defeated; Mary Price (Progressive), defeated.
  • 1952 Nov 4: William B. Umstead (Dem), elected; Herbert F. Seawell, Jr. (Rep), defeated.
  • 1954 Nov 7: William B. Umstead, died in office.
  • 1956 Nov 6: Luther H. Hodges (Dem), elected; Kyle Hayes (Rep), defeated.
  • 1960: I. Beverly Lake, defeated for nomination; Malcolm B. Seawell, defeated for nomination; John D. Larkins, Jr. (Dem), defeated for nomination; Robert L. Gavin, defeated.
  • 1964: Kidd Brewer, defeated for nomination; Bruce Burleson, defeated for nomination; R. J. Stansbury, defeated for nomination; Charles W. Strong, defeated for nomination; Don Badgley (Rep), defeated for nomination; I. Beverly Lake, defeated for nomination; L. Richardson Preyer, defeated for nomination; Robert L. Gavin, defeated.
  • 1968: J. Melville Broughton, Jr., defeated for nomination; Reginald A. Hawkins, defeated for nomination; John L. Stickley, defeated for nomination; James Carson Gardner (Rep), defeated.
  • 1980: I. Beverly Lake, Jr. (Rep), defeated.
  • 1984: Lauch Faircloth, defeated for nomination.
  • 1984: Jimmy Green (Dem), defeated in primary; Glenn Miller (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1984: Rufus L. Edmisten (Dem), defeated.
  • 1996: Robin Hayes (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2000: Mike F. Easley (Dem), elected.
  • 2004: Mike F. Easley (Dem), elected.
  • 2008: Pat McCrory (Rep), defeated.
  • 2012: Barbara J. Howe (Libertarian), defeated; Pat McCrory (Rep), elected.
  • 2016: Roy Cooper (Dem), elected.
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