Capital: Raleigh

State Nickname: Tar Heel State

State Bird: Cardinal

State Flower: Dogwood

Admitted to the Union: November 21, 1789

 
Governors

December 30, 1787 to December 17, 1789:

Samuel Johnston

December 17, 1789 to December 14, 1792:

Alexander Martin

December 14, 1792 to November 19, 1795:

Richard D. Spaight

November 19, 1795 to December 7, 1798:

Samuel Ashe

December 7, 1798 to November 23, 1799:

William R. Davie

November 23, 1799 to December 6, 1802:

Benjamin Williams

December 6, 1802 to December 10, 1806:

James Turner

December 10, 1805 to December 1, 1807:

Nathaniel Alexander

December 1, 1807 to December 12, 1808:

Benjamin Williams

December 12, 1808 to December 1, 1810:

David Stone

December 5, 1810 to December 11, 1811:

Benjamin Smith

December 11, 1811 to November 29, 1814:

William Hawkins

December 7, 1814 to December 3, 1817:

William Miller

December 6, 1817 to December 7, 1820:

John Branch

December 7, 1820 to December 1, 1821:

Jesse Franklin

December 7, 1821 to December 7, 1824:

Gabriel Holmes

December 7, 1824 to December 8, 1827:

Hutchins G. Burton

December 8, 1827 to December 12, 1828:

James Iredell

December 12, 1828 to December 18, 1830:

John Owen

December 18, 1830 to December 6, 1832:

Montfort Stokes

December 6, 1832 to December 10, 1835:

David L. Swain

December 10, 1835 to December 31, 1836:

Richard D. Spaight, Jr.

December 31, 1836 to January 1, 1841:

Edward B. Dudley

January 1, 1841 to January 1, 1845:

John M. Morehead

January 1, 1845 to January 1, 1849:

William A. Graham

January 1, 1849 ro January 1, 1851:

Charles Manly

January 1, 1851 to December 6, 1854:

David S. Reid*

* Resigned from office

December 6, 1854 to January 1, 1855:

Warren Winslow*

* Acting Governor

January 1, 1855 to January 1, 1859:

Thomas Bragg

January 1, 1859 to January 1, 1861:

John W. Ellis*

* Died in office

July 7, 1861 to September 8, 1862:

Henry T. Clark*

* Acting governor

September 8, 1862 to May 29, 1865:

Zebulon B. Vance*

* Removed from office -- Last Confederate governor

May 29, 1865 to December 15, 1865:

William W. Holden*

* Provisional governor appointed by President Johnson

December 15, 1865 to July 1, 1868:

Jonathan Worth*

* Removed from officer

July 1, 1868 to December 15, 1870:

William W. Holden*

* Removed from office

December 15, 1870 to July 11, 1874:

Tod R. Caldwell*

* Died in office

July 11, 1874 to January 1, 1877:

Curtis H. Brogden

January 1, 1877 to February 8, 1879*

Zebulon B. Vance*

* Resigned from office

February 5, 1879 to January 21, 1885:

Thomas J. Jarvis

January 21, 1885 to January 17, 1889:

Alfred M. Scales

January 17, 1889 to April 8, 1891:

Daniel G. Fowle*

* Died in office

April 8, 1891 to January 18, 1893:

Thomas M. Holt

January 18, 1893 to January 12, 1897:

Elias Carr

January 12, 1897 to January 15, 1901:

Daniel L. Russell

January 15, 1901 to January 11, 1905:

Charles B. Aycock

January 11, 1905 to January 12, 1909:

R. B. Glenn

January 12, 1909 to January 15, 1913:

W. H. Kitchin

January 15, 1913 to January 11, 1917:

Locke Craig

January 11, 1917 to January 12, 1921:

Thomas W. Bickett

January 12, 1921 to January 14, 1925:

Cameron Morrison

January 14, 1925 to January 11, 1929:

Angus Wilton McLean

January 11, 1929 to January 5, 1933:

O. Max Gardner

January 5, 1933 to January 7, 1937:

John C. B. Ehringhaus

January 7, 1937 to January 9, 1941:

Clyde R. Holey

January 9, 1941 to January 4, 1945:

J. Melville Broughton

January 4, 1945 to January 6, 1949:

R. Gregg Cherry

January 6, 1949 t0 January 8, 1953:

W. Kerr Scott

January 8, 1853 to November 7, 1954:

William B. Umstead*

* Died in office

November 7, 1954 to January 5, 1916:

Luther H. Hodges

January 5, 1961 to January 8, 1965:

Terry Sanford

January 8, 1965 to January 3, 1969:

Dan K. Moore

January 3, 1969 to January 5, 1973:

Robert W. Scott

January 5, 1973 to January 8, 1977:

James E. Holshouser, Jr.

January 8, 1977 to January 5, 1985:

James B. Hunt, Jr.

January 5, 1985 to January 9, 1993:

James G. Martin

January 9, 1993 to January 6, 2001:

James Baxter Hunt Jr.

January 6, 2001 to January 10, 2009:

Mike Easley

January 10, 2009 –

Beverly Perdue

 

Senators - Class II

November 27, 1789 – March 3, 1793

Samuel Johnston

March 4, 1793 – March 3, 1799

Alexander Martin

March 4, 1799 – March 3, 1805

Jesse Franklin

March 4, 1805 – November 21, 1816

James Turner

December 4, 1816 – March 3, 1823

Montfort Stokes

March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1829

John Branch, Jr.

December 9, 1829 – November 16, 1840

Bedford Brown

November 25, 1840 – March 3, 1853

Willie Person Mangum

March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847

David Settle Reid

March 4, 1859 – March 6, 1861

Thomas Bragg * Resigned office

March 6, 1861 – July 13, 1868

Vacant

July 14, 1868 – March 3, 1871

Joseph Carter Abbott

January 30, 1872 – March 3, 1895

Matt Whitaker Ransom

March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1901

Marion Butler

March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1931

Furnifold McLendel Simmons

March 4, 1931 – December 15, 1946

Josiah William Bailey * Died in office

December 18, 1946 – December 30, 1948

William Bradley Umstead

December 31, 1948 – March 6, 1949

Joseph Melville Broughton * Died in office

March 29, 1949 – November 26, 1950

Frank Porter Graham

November 7th 1950 – June 26th 1953

Willis Smith * Died in office

July 10, 1953 – November 28, 1954

Alton Asa Lennon

November 29, 1954 – April 16, 1958

William Kerr Scott * Died in office

April 19, 1958 – January 3, 1973

Benjamin Everett Jordan

January 3, 1973 – January 3, 2003

Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr.

January 7, 2003 – January 3, 2009

Mary Elizabeth Hanford Dole

January 3, 2009 –

Kay Ruthven Hagan

 
Senators - Class III

November 27, 1789 – March 3, 1795

Benjamin Hawkins

March 4, 1795 – March 3, 1801

Timothy Bloodworth

March 4, 1801 – March 3, 1807

David Stone

March 4, 1807 – March 3, 1813

Jesse Franklin

March 4, 1813 – December 24, 1814

David Stone * Died in office

December 23, 1814 – December 5, 1815

Francis Locke * Resigned office

December 5, 1815 – November 14, 1828

Nathaniel Macon * Resigned office

December 5, 1836 – November 16, 1840

Robert Strange

March 4, 1843 – July 25, 1846

William Henry Haywood, Jr * Resigned office

November 25, 1846 – March 3, 1855

George Edmund Badger

March 4, 1855 – May 5, 1858

Asa Biggs * Resigned office

May 7, 1858 – March 28, 1861

Thomas Lanier Clingman * Expelled

March 29, 1861 – July 3, 1868

Vacant

July 4, 1868 – March 3, 1873

John Pool

March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1879

Augustus Summerfield Merrimon

March 4, 1879 – April 14, 1894

Zebulon Baird Vance *

April 19, 1894 – January 23, 1895

Thomas Jordan Jarvis

January 23, 1895 – March 3, 1903

Jeter Connelly Pritchard

March 4, 1903 – December 12, 1930

Lee Slater Overman * Died in office

December 13, 1930 – December 4, 1932

Cameron A. Morrison

December 5, 1932 – January 3, 1945

Robert Rice Reynolds

January 3, 1945 – May 12, 1954

Clyde Roark Hoey

June 5, 1954 – December 31,1974

Samuel James Ervin Jr.

January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981

Robert Burren Morgan

January 3, 1981 - June 29, 1986

John Porter East * Died in office

July 14, 1986 - November 4, 1986

James Thomas Broyhill

November 5, 1986 – January 3, 1993

James Terry Sanford

January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1999

Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth

January 6, 1999 – January 3, 2005

Johnny Reid Edwards * Resigned office

January 3, 2005 –

Richard Mauze Burr

 
State Song
The Old North State

Lyrics by William Gaston
Music by Mrs. E. E. Randolph

Carolina! Carolina! Heaven's blessings attend her!
While we live we will cherish, protect and defend her;
Tho' the scorner may sneer at and witlings defame her,
Still our hearts swell with gladness whenever we name her.

Hurrah! Hurrah! The Old North State forever!
Hurrah! Hurrah! The good Old North State!

Tho' she envies not others, their merited glory,
Say whose name stands the foremost, in Liberty's story,
Tho' too true to herself e'er to crouch to oppression,
Who can yield to just rule a more loyal submission?

Hurrah! Hurrah! The Old North State forever!
Hurrah! Hurrah! The good Old North State!

Plain and artless her sons, but whose doors open faster
At the knock of a stranger, or the tale of disaster.
How like the rudeness of the dear native mountains,
With rich ore in their bosoms and life in their fountains.

Hurrah! Hurrah! The Old North State forever!
Hurrah! Hurrah! The good Old North State!

And her daughters, the Queen or the forest resembling
So graceful, so constant, yet the gentlest breath trembling.
And true lightwood at heart, let the match be applied them,
How they kindle and flame! Oh! none know but who've tried them.

Hurrah! Hurrah! The Old North State forever!
Hurrah! Hurrah! The good Old North State!

Then let all those who love us, love the land that we live in,
As happy a region as on this side of heaven,
Where plenty and peace, love and joy smile before us,
Raise aloud, raise together the heart thrilling chorus.

Hurrah! Hurrah! The Old North State forever!
Hurrah! Hurrah! The good Old North State!

The song was offically adopted in 1927.

Click Left Triangle to Play Melody
State Population

1790: 395,005

1800: 478,103

1810: 555,500

1820: 638,829

1830: 737,987

1840: 753,419

1850: 869,039

1860: 992,622

1870: 1,071,361

1880: 1,399,750

1890: 1,617,947

1900: 1,893,810

1910: 2,206,287

1920: 2,559,227

1930: 3,170,276

1940: 3,571,623

1950: 4,061,929

1960: 4,536,155

1970: 5,084,411

1980: 5,881,766

1990: 6,628,637

2000: 8,045,451


State Capitol Building 1907
 








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