David Stone

12th Governor of the State of North Carolina - 1808 to 1810

Date Born: February 17, 1770

Date Died: October 7, 1818

Place Born: Bertie County, NC

Place Buried: Wake County, NC

Residence: Bertie County, NC, Wake County, NC

Occupation: Lawyer


David Stone was born on February 17, 1770 in Bertie County, NC, the son of Zedekiah Stone and Elizabeth Shriver Hobson Stone. His education was attained at Windsor Academy in Bertie County, and at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), where he graduated in 1788 with honors. Stone returned to Bertie County and studied law under William Richardson Davie of Halifax, NC, earning his license to practice law in 1790.

In February of 1793, David Stone was deeded the Hope Plantation tract by his father. The property consisted of 1,051 acres located five miles west of Windsor, NC. This exchange of property from father to son is believed to have been a wedding gift, because a month later David Stone married Hannah Turner, also of Bertie County. They had ten children, but only five survived to adulthood.

David Stone had a second plantation, called Rest-Dale, which no longer exists. It was in Wake County along the Neuse River. His holdings in Bertie and Wake counties made him one of the wealthiest men in North Carolina during the early 1800s. The labor force on both plantations consisted of over 137 slaves.

In 1789, David Stone was elected to represent Bertie County in the Constitution Convention held in Fayetteville.

In 1790, David Stone was first elected as one of two men to represent Bertie County in the House of Commons of the:
- 15th General Assembly that met in 1790
- 16th General Assembly that met from 1791-1792
- 17th General Assembly that met from 1792-1793
- 18th General Assembly that met from 1793-1794
- 19th General Assembly that met from 1794-1795

In 1795, David Stone was named to the NC Superior Court, and he remained there until 1798.

In 1798, David Stone was elected to represent North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives for one term. During his tenure, he was in the House when it was called to decide the 1800 presidential election, and he cast his vote for Thomas Jefferson. Stone was defeated in his bid for re-election to the U.S. House.

In 1801, David Stone was elected by the General Assembly to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate, where he remained until he resigned in 1807.

In 1807, David Stone returned to the NC Superior Court for one year.

On December 12, 1808, David Stone was elected by the General Assembly to be the next governor of North Carolina. Gov. Stone was an ardent supporter of agricultural and industrial development, as well as of the expansion to the education system to both sexes and all social classes. He was re-elected in 1809 but was defeated for a third one-year term in 1810 by Benjamin Smith. His office ended on December 1, 1810.

In 1811, David Stone was again elected as one of two men to represent Bertie County in the House of Commons of the:
- 36th General Assembly that met in 1811
- 37th General Assembly that met in 1812

In 1813, David Stone was again elected by the General Assembly to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate. This term lasted only one year. He was censured by the NC General Assembly for not supporting the administration during the War of 1812, and he resigned his Senate seat in December of 1814.

After his resignation from the U.S. Senate, David Stone resumed his legal career and developed his two plantations in Wake and Bertie counties. His interest in internal improvements was heightened with his election as president of the Neuse River Navigation Company in May of 1818.

In 1816, David Stone married a second time, to Sarah Dashiell of Washington, DC.

On October 7, 1818, David Stone died suddenly at Rest-Dale at the age of 48. He was buried in the family cemetery at Rest-Dale, six miles east of Raleigh, NC.


David Stone (17 February 1770 -- 7 October 1818) was the Democratic-Republican governor of the state of North Carolina from 1808 to 1810. Both before and after his term as governor, he served as a U.S. Senator, between 1801 and 1807 and again between 1813 and 1814.

Stone was born in Bertie County, NC, the son of a farmer. He attended Windsor Academy and later the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), where he graduated in 1788 with honors. Returning to North Carolina, Stone studied law in Halifax and was granted his law license in 1790.

In 1789, Stone was a member of the convention in Fayetteville which ratified the U.S. Constitution. He proceeded to represent Bertie County in the NC House of Commons until 1795, when he was named to the NC Superior Court.

In 1798, Stone stepped down from the court to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives for one term; during the contested 1800 presidential election, he cast his vote for Thomas Jefferson when the election was sent to the House for a final decision.

Defeated in a bid for a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Stone was elected to the U. S. Senate by the NC General Assembly in 1801. He resigned his seat in the U.S. Senate in 1807 to return to the state Superior Court, but was there for only a year before being elected Governor of North Carolina in November of 1808.

Gov. David Stone was an ardent supporter of agricultural and industrial development, as well as of the expansion to the education system to both sexes and all social classes. Gov. Stone served two one-year terms from December 12, 1808 to December 1, 1810.

David Stone then served in the NC House of Commons for a year before being named to the U.S. Senate once again in 1813.

Stone's second term in the U.S. Senate lasted only a year; he was censured by the NC General Assembly for failing to support the administration during the War of 1812, and resigned his Senate seat in December 1814, retiring to his Wake County plantation, where he died in 1818 and is buried.


David Stone was born in Bertie County, NC on February 17, 1770. His education was attained at Windsor Academy, and at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), where he graduated in 1788 with honors. He went on to study law, and then established his legal career in Halifax. Stone first entered politics as a member of the state convention that ratified the federal constitution in 1789. From 1791 to 1794 he served as a member of the NC House of Commons; and from 1974 to 1798 he served on the NC Superior Court bench. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1799 to 1801; was a member of the U.S. Senate from 1801 to 1807; and served again on the NC Superior Court from 1807 to 1808. Stone next won election to the governorship on November 28, 1808. He went on to win re-election annually until 1810. During his tenure, the state's agricultural industry was promoted; transportation advancements were supported; and improvements to the educational system were lobbied for. After completing his term, Stone won re-election to the NC House of Commons, a position he held from 1811 to 1812. In 1813 he was re-elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served until 1814. Governor David Stone passed away on October 7, 1818, and was buried in the family graveyard on the banks of the Neuse River, near Raleigh, NC.

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