North Carolina Lieutenant Governors 1868 to Present

Introduction

Under the Lords Proprietors direct rule of the Colony (1670-1719), there was no office called Lieutenant Governor. For most of that time, the Governor of Carolina resided in Charles Town (SC), and there was a Deputy Governor that resided in Albemarle (NC).

When the Crown purchased the Lords Proprietors interests in the Colony in 1729, the British Government appointed a Governor and a Lieutenant Governor for South Carolina, but this was not the case for North Carolina.

The North Carolina Constitution of 1776 made no provision for a Lieutenant Governor, apparently following the same tradition that the Crown had made in 1729. After the US Civil War, the new 1868 NC Constitution created an elective office for the Lieutenant Governor.

Between 1868 and 1970, the Lieutenant Governor was a part-time official with very limited authority. He served only when the General Assembly was in session or in the absence of the Governor.

Today, the office is a full-time position and the Lieutenant Governor is no longer limited to one four-year term. Unlike any other State official, the Lieutenant Governor straddles both the executive and legislative branches of the State government.

Under the current Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor is first in line to succeed the Governor should that office become vacant. The Lieutenant Governor is President of the Senate, and as chief presiding officer, directs the debates of bills on the Senate floor.

The Lieutenant Governor is also a member of the Council of State and serves on the State Board of Education and the NC Capitol Planning Commission, as well as serving on the NC Board of Community Colleges and the Board of Economic Development.

Lieutenant Governors of North Carolina

Tod R. Caldwell

1868-1870

Edward J. Warren 

1871-1872

Curtis H. Brogden

1872-1874

Robert F. Armfield

1874-1876

Thomas J. Jarvis

1876-1879

James L. Robinson

1879-1885

Charles M. Stedman

1885-1889

Thomas M. Holt

1889-1893

Rufus A. Doughton

1893-1897

Charles A. Reynolds

1897-1901

Wilfred D. Turner

1901-1905

Francis D. Winston

1905-1909

William C. Newland

1909-1913

Elijah L. Daughtridge

1913-1917

Oliver Max Gardner

1917-1921

William B. Cooper

1921-1925

Jacob E. Long

1925-1929

Richard T. Fountain

1929-1933

Alexander H. Graham

1933-1937

Wilkins P. Horton

1937-1941

Reginald L. Harris

1941-1945

Lynton Y. Ballentin

1945-1949

Hoyt Patrick Taylor

1949-1953

Luther H. Hodges

1953-1954

Luther E. Barnhardt

1957-1961

Harvey Cloyd Philpott

1961-1965

Robert W. Scott

1965-1969

Hoyt Patrick Taylor, Jr.

1969-1973

James B. Hunt, Jr.

1973-1977

James C. Green

1977-1985

Robert B. Jordan, III

1985-1989

James C. Gardner

1989-1993

Dennis A. Wicker

1993-2000

Beverly Marlene Moore Perdue

2000-2009

Walter H. Dalton

2009-2013

Daniel J. Forest

2013-

Will Add Subsequent Lieutenant Governors. Stay tuned.


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