CHRONOLOGY OF NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNORS


See also: History of Governorship in North Carolina, Places named for Governors


NCpedia has one and in many cases two articles for many of North Carolina's Governors. Many of these entries have been contributed by historians from the Research Branch at the NC Office of Research and History or from the University of Nort Carolina Press volumes the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. Other essays have been contributed by other researchers or institutional partners.


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Governors of the State of North Carolina

 

Years in Office

Biographical entry in NCpedia 
RB, OAH = from the Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History

DNCB = from the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography (UNC Press)

OTH = other contributor

Roy Cooper

2017 - present

 

Patrick McCrory

2013 - 2016

 

Beverly Eaves Perdue

2009 - 2012

OTH

Michael F. Easley

2001 - 2009

RB, OAH

James Baxter Hunt, Jr.

1993 - 2001

RB, OAH

James Grubbs Martin

1985 - 1993

RB, OAH

James Baxter Hunt, Jr.

1977 - 1985

RB, OAH

James Eubert Holshouser, Jr.

1973 - 1977

RB, OAH

Robert Walter Scott

1969 - 1973

RB, OAH

Dan Killian Moore

1965 - 1969

RB, OAH

Terry Sanford

1961 - 1965

RB, OAH

Luther Hartwell Hodges

1954 - 1961

RB, OAHDNCB 

William Bradley Umstead

1953 - 1954

RB, OAHDNCB

William Kerr Scott

1949 - 1953

RB, OAHDNCB

Robert Gregg Cherry

1945 - 1949

RB, OAHDNCB

Joseph Melville Broughton

1941 - 1945

RB, OAHDNCB

Clyde Roark Hoey

1937 - 1941

RB, OAHDNCB

John Christoph Blucher Ehringhaus

1933 - 1937

RB, OAHDNCB

Oliver Max Gardner

1929 - 1933

RB, OAHDNCB

Angus Wilton McLean

1925 - 1929

RB, OAHDNCB

Cameron Morrison

1921 - 1925

RB, OAHDNCB

Thomas Walter Bickett

1917 - 1921

RB, OAHDNCB

Locke Craig

1913 - 1917

RB, OAHDNCB

William Walton Kitchin

1909 - 1913

RB, OAHDNCB

Robert Brodnax Glenn

1905 - 1909

RB, OAHDNCB

Charles Brantley Aycock

1901 - 1905

RB, OAHDNCB

Daniel Lindsay Russell, Jr.

1897 - 1901

RB, OAHDNCB

Elias Carr

1893 - 1897

RB, OAHDNCB

Thomas Michael Holt

1891 - 1893

RB, OAHDNCB

Daniel Gould Fowle

1889 - 1891

RB, OAHDNCB

Alfred Moore Scales

1885 - 1889

RB, OAHDNCB

Thomas Jordan Jarvis

1879 - 1885

RB, OAHDNCB

Zebulon Baird Vance

1877 - 1879

RB, OAHDNCB

Curtis Hooks Brogden

1874 - 1877

RB, OAHDNCB

Tod Robinson Caldwell

1870 - 1874

RB, OAHDNCB

William Woods Holden

1868 - 1870

RB, OAHDNCB

Jonathan Worth

1865 - 1868

RB, OAHDNCB

William Woods Holden

1865

RB, OAHDNCB

Zebulon Baird Vance

1862 - 1865

RB, OAHDNCB

Henry Toole Clark

1861 - 1862

RB, OAHDNCB

John Willis Ellis

1859 - 1861

RB, OAHDNCB

Thomas Bragg

1855 - 1859

RB, OAHDNCB

Warren Winslow

1854 - 1855

RB, OAHDNCB

David Settle Reid

1851 - 1854

RB, OAHDNCB

Charles Manly

1849 - 1851

RB, OAHDNCB

William Alexander Graham

1845 - 1849

RB, OAHDNCB

John Motley Morehead

1841 - 1845

RB, OAHDNCB

Edward Bishop Dudley

1836 - 1841

RB, OAHDNCB

Richard Dobbs Spaight, Jr.

1835 - 1836

RB, OAHDNCB

David Lowry Swain

1832 - 1835

RB, OAHDNCB

Montfort Stokes

1830 - 1832

RB, OAHDNCB

John Owen

1828 - 1830

RB, OAHDNCB

James Iredell, Jr.

1827 - 1828

RB, OAHDNCB

Hutchins Gordon Burton

1824 - 1827

RB, OAHDNCB

Gabriel Holmes

1821 - 1824

RB, OAHDNCB

Jesse Franklin

1820 - 1821

RB, OAHDNCB

John Branch

1817 - 1820

RB, OAHDNCB

William Miller

1814 - 1817

RB, OAHDNCB

William Hawkins

1811 - 1814

RB, OAHDNCB

Benjamin Smith

1810 - 1811

RB, OAHDNCB

David Stone

1808 - 1810

RB, OAHDNCB

Benjamin Williams

1807 - 1808

RB, OAHDNCB

Nathaniel Alexander

1805 - 1807

RB, OAHDNCB

James Turner

1802 - 1805

RB, OAHDNCB

Benjamin Williams

1799 - 1802

RB, OAHDNCB

William Richardson Davie

1798 - 1799

RB, OAHDNCB

Samuel Ashe

1795 - 1798

RB, OAHDNCB

Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr.

1792 - 1795

RB, OAHDNCB

Alexander Martin

1789 - 1792

RB, OAHDNCB

Samuel Johnston

1787 - 1789

RB, OAHDNCB

Richard Caswell

1784 - 1787

RB, OAHDNCB

Alexander Martin

1782 - 1785

RB, OAHDNCB

Thomas Burke

1781 - 1782

RB, OAHDNCB

Abner Nash

1780 - 1781

RB, OAHDNCB

Richard Caswell

1776 - 1780

RB, OAHDNCB

North Carolina's Colonial Governors

Royal Governors

Josiah Martin

1771 - 1775

RB, OAHDNCB

James Hasell

1771

RB, OAHDNCB

William Tryon

1765 - 1771

RB, OAHDNCB

Arthur Dobbs

1753 - 1763

RB, OAHDNCB

Matthew Rowan

1753 - 1754

RB, OAHDNCB

Nathaniel Rice

1752 - 1753

RB, OAHDNCB

Gabriel Johnston

1734 - 1752

RB, OAHDNCB

Nathaniel Rice

1734

RB, OAHDNCB

George Burrington

1731 - 1734

RB, OAHDNCB

Lords Proprietors

Richard Everard

1725 - 1731

RB, OAHDNCB

George Burrington

1724 - 1725

RB, OAHDNCB

William Reed

1722 - 1724

RB, OAHDNCB

Thomas Pollock

1722

RB, OAHDNCB

Charles Eden

1714 - 1722

RB, OAHDNCB

Thomas Pollock

1712 - 1714

RB, OAHDNCB

Edward Hyde

1711 - 1712

RB, OAHDNCB

William Glover

1706 - 1710

RB, OAHDNCB

Thomas Cary

1705 - 1711

RB, OAHDNCB

Robert Daniel

1703 - 1705

RB, OAHDNCB

Henderson Walker

1699 - 1703

RB, OAHDNCB

John Archdale

1695 - 1696

RB, OAHDNCB

Thomas Harvey

1694 - 1699

RB, OAHDNCB

Philip Ludwell

1690 - 1691,

1692 - 1693,

1693 - 1695

RB, OAHDNCB

Thomas Jarvis

1690 - 1694

RB, OAHDNCB

John Gibbs

1689 - 1690

RB, OAHDNCB

John Archdale

1683 - 1686

RB, OAHDNCB

Seth Sothel

1682 - 1689

RB, OAHDNCB

John Jenkins

1680 - 1681

RB, OAHDNCB

Henry Wilkinson

1680

RB, OAHDNCB

John Harvey

1679

RB, OAHDNCB

Thomas Miller

1677

RB, OAHDNCB

John Jenkins

1676 - 1677

RB, OAHDNCB

Thomas Eastchurch

1675 - 1676

RB, OAHDNCB

John Jenkins

1672 - 1675

RB, OAHDNCB

Peter Carteret

1670 - 1672

RB, OAHDNCB

Samuel Stephens

1667 - 1669

DNCB

William Drummond

1664 - 1667

RB, OAHDNCB

Governor of the County of Clarendon

John Yeamans

1665-1667

DNCB

Commander of the Southern Plantation

Samuel Stephens

1662 - 1664

DNCB

Original Virginia Colony

John White

1587

RB, OAHDNCB

Ralph Lane

1585 - 1586

DNCB

 


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