Thomas Walter Bickett
Thomas Walter Bickett was the 54th Governor of the U. S. state of North Carolina from 1917 to 1921. He was born in Monroe, North Carolina, Bickett was a graduate of Wake Forest College. In 1916, Bickett became the first state governor who was nominated by means of a Democratic Party primary election, under Bicketts leadership, the state saw improvements in child welfare, public health and running water. He persuaded the legislature to establish the states first income tax and he had to lead the state through World War I. Walter Bickett Elementary in Monroe, NC is named for him
Graham Arthur Barden
Graham Arthur Barden was a Democratic U. S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1935 and 1961, born in Sampson County, North Carolina in 1896, he moved to Burgaw, North Carolina at the age of 12, where he attended public schools. During World War I, Barden was a seaman in the United States Navy, after leaving the Navy in 1919, Barden attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1920. After briefly practicing law and teaching school that same year, he became a judge in the Craven County courts. In 1932, Barden was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives and he chose not to stand for re-election in 1960 and died in New Bern, North Carolina in 1967. He is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, in 1979 Campbell University Press published a biography by Elmer L. Puryear. Graham A. Barden Elementary School, located in Havelock, North Carolina is named after Graham Arthur Barden, biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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Lynton Y. Ballentine
Ballentine, known by the nickname Stag, was born on April 6,1899 to James Erastus and Lillian Ballentine on a farm in Varina, North Carolina. Ballentine attended Oakwood and Cardenas Elementary Schools and from 1913-1917 Holly Springs High School, in 1921 Ballentine received his B. A. in Political Economy from Wake Forest College. After graduating from Wake Forest College, Ballentine returned home to operate the family dairy farm. Ballentine was active in the North Carolina Democratic Party, and was elected to the Wake County Board of Commissioners, Ballentine died on July 19,1964 of coronary thrombosis, coronary atherosclerosis in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. OurCampaigns. com NC State Archives NC Agricultural Hall of Fame
Erskine Boyce Bowles is an American businessman and political figure from North Carolina. He served from 2005 to 2010 as the president of the University of North Carolina system, in 1997–98 he served as White House Chief of Staff and he ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate from North Carolina in 2002 and 2004. In 2010 Bowles served as the Democratic co-chair of President Barack Obamas National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Simpson co-led a business group, The Campaign to Fix the Debt. Siblings include Hargrove Bowles III, Mary Holland Bowles Blanton and the late Martha Thomas Bowles, after briefly serving in the United States Coast Guard, Bowles enrolled in Columbia Business School, where he earned an MBA. Following graduation, Bowles worked for the financial firm Morgan Stanley in New York City, there, he met his wife, Crandall Close, the two married in 1971 and moved to North Carolina, where Bowles worked on his fathers 1972 gubernatorial campaign. Crandall and Erskine have three children, Sam and Bill, in 1975, Bowles helped launch the investment firm of Bowles Hollowell Conner, and remained in the corporate sector until the 1990s.
In 1992, he became involved in politics as a fundraiser for Bill Clintons 1992 presidential campaign. President Clinton appointed Bowles to head the Small Business Administration in 1993, from October 1994 to December 1995, Bowles served as Clintons White House Deputy Chief of Staff, in the first term of the Clinton Administration. After briefly returning to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he helped found the private equity firm Carousel Capital, one of Bowless major responsibilities was dealing with federal budget negotiations between the White House and Congress. Bowles returned to Charlotte, North Carolina and to the field of finance again in October 1998 and he was asked by North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt to head a task force on rural economic prosperity. Seeking to fill the seat being vacated by Jesse Helms, Bowles secured the partys nomination, in 2004, Bowles campaigned again for the Senate, seeking to fill the seat being vacated by fellow Democrat John Edwards. He faced Republican Richard Burr and Libertarian Tom Bailey in a contested race.
Both campaigns spent a deal of money, making it one of the most expensive statewide races in North Carolina history. President Bushs comfortable electoral victory in North Carolina likely helped Burr considerably, during his concession speech in Raleigh at the Democratic headquarters, he thanked his supporters but seemed to indicate that he would not run for office again. Quoting his father, he said there were ways to add to the community woodpile. Accordingly, in 2005 Bowles accepted an appointment as United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami-affected Countries, Bowles spoke at the campus memorial service in memory of slain student body president Eve Carson. On February 12,2010, Bowles announced his retirement from the UNC System, Bowles was replaced by Thomas W. Ross. Bowles was appointed in 2010 to co-chair President Barack Obamas National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, the commission deadlocked, and the co-chairs report on a policy for budget deficit reduction was not adopted by the Obama administration
North Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, North Carolina is the 28th most extensive and the 9th most populous of the U. S. states. The state is divided into 100 counties, the most populous municipality is Charlotte, which is the second largest banking center in the United States after New York City. The state has a range of elevations, from sea level on the coast to 6,684 feet at Mount Mitchell. The climate of the plains is strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the falls in the humid subtropical climate zone. More than 300 miles from the coast, the western, mountainous part of the state has a highland climate. North Carolina is bordered by South Carolina on the south, Georgia on the southwest, Tennessee on the west, Virginia on the north, the United States Census Bureau places North Carolina in the South Atlantic division of the southern region.
So many ships have been lost off Cape Hatteras that the area is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, the most famous of these is the Queen Annes Revenge, which went aground in Beaufort Inlet in 1718. The coastal plain transitions to the Piedmont region along the Atlantic Seaboard fall line, the Piedmont region of central North Carolina is the states most populous region, containing the six largest cities in the state by population. It consists of rolling countryside frequently broken by hills or low mountain ridges. The Piedmont ranges from about 300 feet in elevation in the east to about 1,500 feet in the west, the western section of the state is part of the Appalachian Mountain range. Among the subranges of the Appalachians located in the state are the Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, the Black Mountains are the highest in the eastern United States, and culminate in Mount Mitchell at 6,684 feet, the highest point east of the Mississippi River. North Carolina has 17 major river basins, the five basins west of the Blue Ridge Mountains flow to the Gulf of Mexico, while the remainder flow to the Atlantic Ocean.
Of the 17 basins,11 originate within the state of North Carolina, but only four are contained entirely within the states border – the Cape Fear, the Neuse, the White Oak, and the Tar-Pamlico basin. Elevation above sea level is most responsible for temperature change across the state, the climate is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream, especially in the coastal plain. These influences tend to cause warmer winter temperatures along the coast, the coastal plain averages around 1 inch of snow or ice annually, and in many years, there may be no snow or ice at all. North Carolina experiences severe weather in summer and winter, with summer bringing threat of hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rain
Thomas Samuel Ashe
Thomas Samuel Ashe was a U. S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1873 and 1877 and he had previously served in the Confederate Congress. Born in Hawfields, Orange County, North Carolina, he attended Binghams Academy in Hillsborough, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and he was admitted to the bar in 1834 and began to practice law in Wadesboro, North Carolina in 1835. In 1866, Ashe was state counselor for North Carolina, and in 1868 and he was elected for two terms in the United States House of Representatives, serving from March 4,1873 to March 3,1877. Although he chose not to run again in 1876, he was elected a justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court in 1878. Ashe was still serving on the court at the time of the death in Wadesboro in 1887, thomas Samuel Ashe was the cousin of fellow Congressmen John Baptista Ashe and William Shepperd Ashe. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, thomas Samuel Ashe at Find a Grave
Alma Shealey Adams is an American politician who represents North Carolinas 12th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. A college administrator and art professor from Greensboro, Adams is known for the distinctive hats that she wears. She won election to a full term at the same time. Adams was born on May 27,1946 in High Point and her parents were Benjamin Shealey and the former Mattie Stokes. She graduated from West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey, Adams received her B. S. degree in 1969 and her M. S. degree in 1972, both from North Carolina A&T University and both in Art Education. She continued her studies to receive her Ph. D. in Art Education/Multicultural Education from Ohio State University in 1981. Adams was previously a member of the Greensboro City School Board from 1984 to 1986 and she was originally appointed to the North Carolina House District 26 seat in 1994 to replace Herman Gist, who died in office. The district is located in Guilford County and includes most of southeastern Greensboro and she had previously already announced that she was going to challenge Gist for that seat in the Democratic primary that year.
After being appointed to the seat, Adams faced conservative businessman, Stafford was a perennial candidate who had run for various offices, sometimes as a Democrat and other times as a Republican. He previously had challenged Gist as a Republican in the 1992 general election, in 1994, running as a Democrat, he was defeated by Adams in the primary. Adams went on to win a term in the general election. She faced a rematch with Stafford in the elections of 1996 and 1998 when Stafford ran as a Republican. In 2000 Adams did not have an opponent in the Democratic primary, in 2002, after redistricting, Adams seat was changed from the 26th district to the 58th district. Her only challenger that year was Libertarian lawyer David Williams, who withdrew from the race in October because he was moving to Colorado and his name still appeared on the ballot, but Adams won with nearly 86% of the vote. Adams has been challenged for her seat for many years by Republican legal assistant, Wright has run for the seat held by Adams in nearly every election since 2004.
Adams defeated Wright and Libertarian challenger Walter Sperko with 66% of the vote in 2004, in the next election Adams had no competition in the primary, she defeated Wright in the general election 66%–34%. She was vice-chair of the Government Committee in the state House, previously she was chair of the Appropriations Committee as well as vice-chair of the Commerce, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. In 2010, Adams was challenged in the Democratic primary by Ralph C. Johnson and she defeated Johnson with 76. 56% of the vote