List of governors of North Carolina

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Here is the list of individuals who became the Governor of North Carolina.

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# Governor Portrait Took office Left office Party Notes
1 Richard Caswell   November 12, 1776 April 20, 1780 No party
2 Abner Nash   April 20, 1780 June 26, 1781 No party
3 Thomas Burke   June 26, 1781 April 22, 1782 No party
4 Alexander Martin   April 22, 1782 May 13, 1785 Anti-Federalist
5 Richard Caswell   May 13, 1785 December 20, 1787 No party
6 Samuel Johnston   December 20, 1787 December 17, 1789 Federalist
7 Alexander Martin   December 17, 1789 December 14, 1792 Anti-Federalist
8 Richard Dobbs Spaight   December 14, 1792 November 19, 1795 Federalist
9 Samuel Ashe   November 19, 1795 December 7, 1798 Anti-Federalist
10 William Richardson Davie   December 7, 1798 November 23, 1799 Federalist
11 Benjamin Williams   November 23, 1799 December 6, 1802 Federalist
12 James Turner   December 6, 1802 December 10, 1805 Democratic-Republican [1]
13 Nathaniel Alexander   December 10, 1805 December 1, 1807 Democratic-Republican
14 Benjamin Williams   December 1, 1807 December 12, 1808 Federalist
15 David Stone   December 12, 1808 December 1, 1810 Democratic-Republican
16 Benjamin Smith   December 1, 1810 December 11, 1811 Democratic-Republican
17 William Hawkins   December 11, 1811 November 29, 1814 Democratic-Republican
18 William Miller   November 29, 1814 December 6, 1817 Democratic-Republican
19 John Branch   December 6, 1817 December 7, 1820 Democratic-Republican
20 Jesse Franklin   December 7, 1820 December 7, 1821 Democratic-Republican
21 Gabriel Holmes   December 7, 1821 December 7, 1824 Democratic-Republican
22 Hutchins Gordon Burton   December 7, 1824 December 8, 1827 No party
23 James Iredell Jr.   December 8, 1827 December 12, 1828 Democratic-Republican
24 John Owen   December 12, 1828 December 18, 1830 Democratic
25 Montfort Stokes   December 18, 1830 December 6, 1832 Democratic
26 David Lowry Swain   December 6, 1832 December 10, 1835 National Republican
27 Richard Dobbs Spaight Jr.   December 10, 1835 December 31, 1836 Democratic
28 Edward Bishop Dudley   December 31, 1836 January 1, 1841 Whig
29 John Motley Morehead   January 1, 1841 January 1, 1845 Whig
30 William Alexander Graham   January 1, 1845 January 1, 1849 Whig
31 Charles Manly   January 1, 1849 January 1, 1851 Whig
32 David Settle Reid   January 1, 1851 December 6, 1854 Democratic
33 Warren Winslow   December 6, 1854 January 1, 1855 Democratic
34 Thomas Bragg   January 1, 1855 January 1, 1859 Democratic
35 John Willis Ellis   January 1, 1859 July 7, 1861 Democratic
36 Henry Toole Clark   July 7, 1861 September 8, 1862 Democratic
37 Zebulon Baird Vance   September 8, 1862 May 29, 1865 Conservative
38 William Woods Holden   May 29, 1865 December 15, 1865[note 1] National Union [2]
39 Jonathan Worth   December 15, 1865 July 1, 1868 Conservative
40 William Woods Holden   July 1, 1868 March 22, 1871 Republican
41 Tod Robinson Caldwell   March 22, 1871 July 11, 1874 Republican
42 Curtis Hooks Brogden   July 11, 1874 January 1, 1877 Republican
43 Zebulon Baird Vance   January 1, 1877 February 5, 1879 Democratic
44 Thomas Jordan Jarvis   February 5, 1879 January 21, 1885 Democratic
45 Alfred Moore Scales   January 21, 1885 January 17, 1889 Democratic
46 Daniel Gould Fowle   January 17, 1889 April 7, 1891 Democratic
47 Thomas Michael Holt   April 7, 1891 January 18, 1893 Democratic
48 Elias Carr   January 18, 1893 January 12, 1897 Democratic
49 Daniel Lindsay Russell   January 12, 1897 January 15, 1901 Republican [3]
50 Charles Brantley Aycock   January 15, 1901 January 11, 1905 Democratic
51 Robert Broadnax Glenn   January 11, 1905 January 12, 1909 Democratic
52 William Walton Kitchin   January 12, 1909 January 15, 1913 Democratic
53 Locke Craig   January 15, 1913 January 11, 1917 Democratic
54 Thomas Walter Bickett   January 11, 1917 January 12, 1921 Democratic
55 Cameron A. Morrison   January 12, 1921 January 14, 1925 Democratic
56 Angus Wilton McLean   January 14, 1925 January 11, 1929 Democratic
57 Oliver Max Gardner   January 11, 1929 January 5, 1933 Democratic
58 John C.B. Ehringhaus   January 5, 1933 January 7, 1937 Democratic
59 Clyde R. Hoey   January 7, 1937 January 9, 1941 Democratic
60 J. Melville Broughton   January 9, 1941 January 4, 1945 Democratic
61 R. Gregg Cherry   January 4, 1945 January 6, 1949 Democratic
62 W. Kerr Scott   January 6, 1949 January 8, 1953 Democratic
63 William B. Umstead   January 8, 1953 November 7, 1954 Democratic
64 Luther H. Hodges   November 7, 1954 January 5, 1961 Democratic
65 Terry Sanford   January 5, 1961 January 8, 1965 Democratic
66 Dan K. Moore   January 8, 1965 January 3, 1969 Democratic
67 Robert W. Scott   January 3, 1969 January 5, 1973 Democratic
68 James Holshouser   January 5, 1973 January 8, 1977 Republican
69 Jim Hunt   January 8, 1977 January 5, 1985 Democratic
70 James G. Martin   January 5, 1985 January 9, 1993 Republican
71 Jim Hunt   January 9, 1993 January 6, 2001 Democratic
72 Mike Easley   January 6, 2001 January 10, 2009 Democratic
73 Bev Perdue   January 10, 2009 January 5, 2013 Democratic [4]
74 Pat McCrory   January 5, 2013 January 1, 2017 Republican
75 Roy Cooper   January 1, 2017 Present Democratic

Notes:

  1. William Woods Holden was the second governor in American history to be impeached, and the first to be removed from office through that process. He is the only North Carolina governor to have been impeached.

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  1. John Baptista Ashe was elected in 1802 to succeed Williams but died before he could take office, leading the legislature to elect Turner.
  2. Provisional Governor appointed by President Andrew Johnson until a special election could be held.
  3. Russell, while a Republican, was supported by many in the Populist Party as part of an electoral fusion coalition, though a separate Populist candidate was also nominated. http://www.northcarolinahistory.org/encyclopedia/58/entry
  4. Beverly Perdue was elected as the first female governor of North Carolina in the election of 2008.