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College and University President Politicians in North Carolina

  Kemp Plummer Battle (1831-1919) — also known as Kemp P. Battle — of Wake County, N.C. Born in Louisburg, Franklin County, N.C., December 19, 1831. Lawyer; delegate to North Carolina secession convention, 1861; president, Chatham Railroad during the Civil War; North Carolina state treasurer, 1866-68; president, University of North Carolina, 1876-91; historian. Died in Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., February 4, 1919 (age 87 years, 47 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of William Horn Battle.
  Battle Hall (built 1912), a building at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article
Martin G. Brumbaugh Martin Grove Brumbaugh (1862-1930) — also known as Martin G. Brumbaugh; "Hercules of the Educational World" — of Huntingdon County, Pa.; Germantown, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Penn Township, Huntingdon County, Pa., April 14, 1862. Republican. Huntingdon County Superintendent of Schools, 1884-90; university professor; president, Juniata College, 1895-1906; Puerto Rico Commissioner of Education, 1900-02; Philadelphia superintendent of schools, 1906-15; Governor of Pennsylvania, 1915-19; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1916; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916. Brethren. German ancestry. Member, Union League. Died in Pinehurst, Moore County, N.C., March 14, 1930 (age 67 years, 334 days). Interment at Valley View Cemetery, McConnellstown, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of George Boyer Brumbaugh and Martha (Peightal) Brumbaugh; married 1884 to Anna Konigmacher; married, January 29, 1916, to Flora Belle Parks.
  Brumbaugh Hall, a residence hall at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, State College, Pennsylvania, is named for him.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books about Martin Grove Brumbaugh: Earl C. Kaylor, Jr., Martin Grove Brumbaugh : A Pennsylvanian's Odyssey from Sainted Schoolman to Bedeviled World War I Governor, 1862-1930
  Image source: Smull's Legislative Hand Book and Manual 1916
Jabez L. M. Curry Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry (1825-1903) — also known as Jabez L. M. Curry — of Talladega, Talladega County, Ala.; Washington, D.C. Born near Double Branches, Lincoln County, Ga., June 5, 1825. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1847-48, 1853-57; U.S. Representative from Alabama 7th District, 1857-61; Delegate from Alabama to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; Representative from Alabama in the Confederate Congress 4th District, 1862-64; defeated, 1863; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; president, Howard College, Alabama, 1866-68; college professor; U.S. Minister to Spain, 1885-88. Baptist. Slaveowner. Died near Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C., February 12, 1903 (age 77 years, 252 days). Interment at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
  Relatives: Son of William Curry and Susan (Winn) Curry.
  The Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, was named for him from 1905 to 2020.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS J. L. M. Curry (built 1941-42 at Mobile, Alabama; sank in the North Sea, 1943) was named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, February 1902
  Angier Biddle Duke (1915-1995) — of Tuxedo Park, Orange County, N.Y.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., November 30, 1915. Major in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, 1952-53; Spain, 1965-68; Denmark, 1968-69; Morocco, 1979-81. Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Chancellor of Southampton College. Hit by a car while rollerblading, and died as a result, in Southampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., April 29, 1995 (age 79 years, 150 days). Entombed at Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Angier Buchanan Duke and Cordelia Drexel (Biddle) Duke; married 1937 to Priscilla St. George; married to Margaret Screven White; married 1952 to Maria-Luisa de Aranal; married 1962 to Robin Chandler Lynn and Robin Chandler Duke; nephew of Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle Jr.; great-grandson of Malbourne Addison Angier; second great-grandnephew of Charles John Biddle; third great-grandnephew of James Biddle, John Biddle (1792-1859) and Richard Biddle; fourth great-grandson of Charles Biddle; fourth great-grandnephew of Edward Biddle; first cousin once removed of Pearl McMannen Duke (who married Nathan Lynn Bachman) and Doris Duke; first cousin four times removed of James Stokes Biddle; first cousin six times removed of John Scull; second cousin thrice removed of John Biddle (1859-1936); second cousin four times removed of Edward MacFunn Biddle; second cousin five times removed of Charles Willing Byrd; third cousin of William Bradley Umstead; fourth cousin once removed of Julia Grimmet Fortson.
  Political families: Harrison-Randolph-Marshall-Cabell family of Virginia; Biddle-Randolph family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Umstead-Grimmet-Byrd family of Durham, North Carolina (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Virginia Ann Foxx (b. 1943) — also known as Virginia Ann Palmieri — of Grandfather, Avery County, N.C.; Banner Elk, Avery County, N.C. Born in Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., June 29, 1943. Republican. College professor; president, Mayland Community College, 1987-94; member of North Carolina state senate, 1994-2004; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 5th District, 2005-. Female. Catholic. Still living as of 2018.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Frank Porter Graham (1886-1972) — also known as Frank P. Graham — of Chapel Hill, Orange County, N.C. Born in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, N.C., October 14, 1886. Democrat. School teacher; college instructor; lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; university professor; president of the University of North Carolina, 1931-49; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1949-50; appointed 1949; defeated, 1950. Presbyterian. Member, Americans for Democratic Action; Phi Beta Kappa. Died in Chapel Hill, Orange County, N.C., February 16, 1972 (age 85 years, 125 days). Interment at Old Chapel Hill Cemetery, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Alexander Graham and Katherine Bryan (Sloan) Graham; married 1932 to Marian Drane.
  The Frank Porter Graham Student Union building, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — NCpedia
David F. Houston David Franklin Houston (1866-1940) — also known as David F. Houston — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Monroe, Union County, N.C., February 17, 1866. Superintendent of schools; university professor; president, Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, 1902-05; president, University of Texas, 1905-08; chancellor, Washington University, St. Louis, 1908-16; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1913-20; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1920-21; vice president, American Telephone and Telegraph Co. and president, Bell Telephone Securities Co.; president, Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, 1930-1940; director, United States Steel Corporation. Member, American Economic Association. Died, from heart disease, at the Harkness Pavilion of the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 2, 1940 (age 74 years, 198 days). Interment at Memorial Cemetery of St. John's Church, Laurel Hollow, Long Island, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of William H. Houston and Cornelia Anne (Stevens) Houston; married, December 11, 1895, to Helen Beall.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — Federal Reserve History
  Image source: Federal Reserve History
  James Terry Sanford (1917-1998) — also known as Terry Sanford — of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, N.C.; Durham, Durham County, N.C. Born in Laurinburg, Scotland County, N.C., August 20, 1917. Democrat. FBI agent; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; member of North Carolina state senate, 1953-55; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1956, 1964; Governor of North Carolina, 1961-65; president of Duke University, 1969-85; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1972, 1976; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1986-93; defeated, 1992. Methodist. Died, of cancer, in Durham, Durham County, N.C., April 18, 1998 (age 80 years, 241 days). Entombed at Duke University Chapel, Durham, N.C.
  Relatives: Married, July 4, 1942, to Margaret Rose Knight.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Terry Sanford: Marion A. Ellis et al, Terry Sanford : Politics, Progress, and Outrageous Ambitions
  David Lowry Swain (1801-1868) — also known as David L. Swain — of Buncombe County, N.C.; Chapel Hill, Orange County, N.C. Born in a log cabin near Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C., January 4, 1801. Whig. Lawyer; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1824-30; superior court judge in North Carolina, 1830-32; Governor of North Carolina, 1832-35; president, University of North Carolina, 1835-68. Died in Chapel Hill, Orange County, N.C., August 27, 1868 (age 67 years, 236 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Caroline Aycock (Lane) Swain and George Charles Swain; married to Eleanor Hope White; father of Eleanor Hope Swain (who married Smith Dykins Atkins); grandnephew of Joel Lane; granduncle of James Lowry Robinson; cousin *** of Joseph Lane.
  Political family: Lane-Colquitt family of North Carolina.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Find-A-Grave memorial
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