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CHRONOLOGY OF NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNORS

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

NCpedia has two articles on most of North Carolina's Governors, one by the Research Branch of the Office of Archives and History (RB, OAH), and one from the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography (DNCB) published in six volumes by the UNC Press.

Governors of the State of North Carolina

Patrick McCrory 2013 - present    
Beverly Eaves Perdue 2009 - 2012    
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, OAH DNCB
William Bradley Umstead 1953 - 1954 RB, OAH DNCB
William Kerr Scott 1949 - 1953 RB, OAH DNCB
Robert Gregg Cherry 1945 - 1949 RB, OAH DNCB
Joseph Melville Broughton 1941 - 1945 RB, OAH DNCB
Clyde Roark Hoey 1937 - 1941 RB, OAH DNCB
John Christoph Blucher Ehringhaus 1933 - 1937 RB, OAH DNCB
Oliver Max Gardner 1929 - 1933 RB, OAH DNCB
Angus Wilton McLean 1925 - 1929 RB, OAH DNCB
Cameron Morrison 1921 - 1925 RB, OAH DNCB
Thomas Walter Bickett 1917 - 1921 RB, OAH DNCB
Locke Craig 1913 - 1917 RB, OAH DNCB
William Walton Kitchin 1909 - 1913 RB, OAH DNCB
Robert Brodnax Glenn 1905 - 1909 RB, OAH DNCB
Charles Brantley Aycock 1901 - 1905 RB, OAH DNCB
Daniel Lindsay Russell, Jr. 1897 - 1901 RB, OAH DNCB
Elias Carr 1893 - 1897 RB, OAH DNCB
Thomas Michael Holt 1891 - 1893 RB, OAH DNCB
Daniel Gould Fowle 1889 - 1891 RB, OAH DNCB
Alfred Moore Scales 1885 - 1889 RB, OAH DNCB
Thomas Jordan Jarvis 1879 - 1885 RB, OAH DNCB
Zebulon Baird Vance 1877 - 1879 RB, OAH DNCB
Curtis Hooks Brogden 1874 - 1877 RB, OAH DNCB
Tod Robinson Caldwell 1870 - 1874 RB, OAH DNCB
William Woods Holden 1868 - 1870 RB, OAH DNCB
Jonathan Worth 1865 - 1868 RB, OAH DNCB
William Woods Holden 1865 RB, OAH DNCB
Zebulon Baird Vance 1862 - 1865 RB, OAH DNCB
Henry Toole Clark 1861 - 1862 RB, OAH DNCB
John Willis Ellis 1859 - 1861 RB, OAH DNCB
Thomas Bragg 1855 - 1859 RB, OAH DNCB
Warren Winslow 1854 - 1855 RB, OAH DNCB
David Settle Reid 1851 - 1854 RB, OAH DNCB
Charles Manly 1849 - 1851 RB, OAH DNCB
William Alexander Graham 1845 - 1849 RB, OAH DNCB
John Motley Morehead 1841 - 1845 RB, OAH DNCB
Edward Bishop Dudley 1836 - 1841 RB, OAH DNCB
Richard Dobbs Spaight, Jr. 1835 - 1836 RB, OAH DNCB
David Lowry Swain 1832 - 1835 RB, OAH DNCB
Montfort Stokes 1830 - 1832 RB, OAH DNCB
John Owen 1828 - 1830 RB, OAH DNCB
James Iredell, Jr. 1827 - 1828 RB, OAH DNCB
Hutchins Gordon Burton 1824 - 1827 RB, OAH DNCB
Gabriel Holmes 1821 - 1824 RB, OAH DNCB
Jesse Franklin 1820 - 1821 RB, OAH DNCB
John Branch 1817 - 1820 RB, OAH DNCB
William Miller 1814 - 1817 RB, OAH DNCB
William Hawkins 1811 - 1814 RB, OAH DNCB
Benjamin Smith 1810 - 1811 RB, OAH DNCB
David Stone 1808 - 1810 RB, OAH DNCB
Benjamin Williams 1807 - 1808 RB, OAH DNCB
Nathaniel Alexander 1805 - 1807 RB, OAH DNCB
James Turner 1802 - 1805 RB, OAH DNCB
Benjamin Williams 1799 - 1802 RB, OAH DNCB
William Richardson Davie 1798 - 1799 RB, OAH DNCB
Samuel Ashe 1795 - 1798 RB, OAH DNCB
Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr. 1792 - 1795 RB, OAH DNCB
Alexander Martin 1789 - 1792 RB, OAH DNCB
Samuel Johnston 1787 - 1789 RB, OAH DNCB
Richard Caswell 1784 - 1787 RB, OAH DNCB
Alexander Martin 1782 - 1785 RB, OAH DNCB
Thomas Burke 1781 - 1782 RB, OAH DNCB
Abner Nash 1780 - 1781 RB, OAH DNCB
Richard Caswell 1776 - 1780 RB, OAH DNCB

Governors before North Carolina became a state

Royal Governors

Josiah Martin 1771 - 1775 RB, OAH DNCB
James Hasell 1771 RB, OAH DNCB
William Tryon 1765 - 1771 RB, OAH DNCB
Arthur Dobbs 1753 - 1763 RB, OAH DNCB
Matthew Rowan 1753 - 1754 RB, OAH DNCB
Nathaniel Rice 1752 - 1753 RB, OAH DNCB
Gabriel Johnston 1734 - 1752 RB, OAH DNCB
Nathaniel Rice 1734 RB, OAH DNCB
George Burrington 1731 - 1734 RB, OAH DNCB

Lords Proprietors

Richard Everard 1725 - 1731 RB, OAH DNCB
George Burrington 1724 - 1725 RB, OAH DNCB
William Reed 1722 - 1724 RB, OAH DNCB
Thomas Pollock 1722 RB, OAH DNCB
Charles Eden 1714 - 1722 RB, OAH DNCB
Thomas Pollock 1712 - 1714 RB, OAH DNCB
Edward Hyde 1711 - 1712 RB, OAH DNCB
William Glover 1706 - 1710 RB, OAH DNCB
Thomas Cary 1705 - 1711 RB, OAH DNCB
Robert Daniel 1703 - 1705 RB, OAH DNCB
Henderson Walker 1699 - 1703 RB, OAH DNCB
John Archdale 1695 - 1696 RB, OAH DNCB
Thomas Harvey 1694 - 1699 RB, OAH DNCB
Philip Ludwell 1690 - 1691,
1692 - 1693,
1693 - 1695
RB, OAH DNCB
Thomas Jarvis 1690 - 1694 RB, OAH DNCB
John Gibbs 1689 - 1690 RB, OAH DNCB
John Archdale 1683 - 1686 RB, OAH DNCB
Seth Sothel 1682 - 1689 RB, OAH DNCB
John Jenkins 1680 - 1681 RB, OAH DNCB
Henry Wilkinson 1680 RB, OAH DNCB
John Harvey 1679 RB, OAH DNCB
Thomas Miller 1677 RB, OAH DNCB
John Jenkins 1676 - 1677 RB, OAH DNCB
Thomas Eastchurch 1675 - 1676 RB, OAH DNCB
John Jenkins 1672 - 1675 RB, OAH DNCB
Peter Carteret 1670 - 1672 RB, OAH DNCB
Samuel Stephens 1667 - 1669   DNCB
William Drummond 1664 - 1667 RB, OAH DNCB

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, OAH DNCB
Ralph Lane 1585 - 1586   DNCB

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