"Manteo to Murphy"
"Manteo to Murphy" is a phrase often used in reference to the entire east-west width of North Carolina, particularly when describing a phenomenon that touches all regions of the state. The phrase was famously applied to the 1876 gubernatorial campaign between Zebulon B. Vance  and Supreme Court  Justice Thomas Settle Jr. , in which Vance's victory set off "rejoicing by Democrats  'from Manteo to Murphy.'" This followed from the fact that Vance and Settle had toured the state in a series of debates that resulted in the largest Democratic majority (over 13,000) in any election between 1868 and 1900. The phrase is actually a symbolic and not literal rendering of the extreme east-west width of North Carolina, since neither Manteo (Dare County ) nor Murphy (Cherokee County ) is situated precisely at the state's borders.
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"Thomas Settle, Jr. 1831-1888." North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program. http://www.ncmarkers.com/Markers.aspx?sp=search&k=Markers&sv=J-17  (accessed August 17, 2012).
"Zebulon B. Vance 1830-1894." North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program. http://www.ncmarkers.com/Markers.aspx?sp=search&k=Markers&sv=P-2 
1 January 2006 | Williams, Wiley J.