Warren Winslow

30th Governor of the State of North Carolina - 1854 to 1855

Date Born: January 1, 1810

Date Died: August 16, 1862

Place Born: Cumberland County, NC

Place Buried: Cross Creek Cemetery in Fayetteville, NC

Residence: Cumberland County, NC

Occupation: Lawyer


Warren Winslow was born on January 1, 1810 in Fayetteville, NC, the son of John Winslow and Caroline Martha Winslow. He was educated at the Fayetteville Academy and at the University of North Carolina, where he received an A.B. degree in 1827.

Warren Winslow entered business as a merchant in Fayetteville but was forced to abandon it following substantial losses during the Panic of 1837. At this time, he began to study law and soon afterwards was admitted to the North Carolina bar and began his law practice in Fayetteville.

Warren Winslow married Mary Ivie Toomer, daughter of John DeRosset Toomer and Maria Jane Rhett (Swann) Toomer, and they had two known daughters.

In 1853, Warren Winslow gained his father's old spot as Magistrate of police in Fayetteville. After serving for a year, he ran for a seat in the state senate.

In 1854, Warren Winslow was elected to represent the 20th NC Senate District (Cumberland County) in the NC Senate of the:
- 70th General Assembly that met from 1854-1855 - elected Speaker of the Senate

On December 6, 1854, as Speaker of the Senate, Warren Winslow was sworn in as Acting Governor upon the resignation of Gov. David Settle Reid. He served a very short time until Thomas Bragg took office on January 1, 1855. After much debate over whether he should resign as Speaker to become Acting Governor, the senate decided by one vote to allow him to hold both positions. Warren Winslow, a Democrat, served as both Governor of North Carolina and Speaker of the Senate from December 6, 1854 to January 1, 1855. He was not a candidate in the 1854 gubernatorial election.

After leaving office in 1855, Warren Winslow was sent to Spain by President Franklin Pierce as a representative during the Black Warrior Affair over the payment of a fine by an American vessel at Havana, Cuba.

In March of 1855, Warren Winslow was elected to represent North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives and he served three terms from March 4, 1855 to March 3, 1861.

In 1860, while a U.S. Congressman, Warren Winslow was appointed chairman of the Military Board of North Carolina.

In 1861, Warren Winslow negotiated the surrender of the Federal garrison in Fayetteville, thus securing over 37,000 stand of arms and munitions for the state. On May 20, 1861, Warren Winslow was elected to the NC Secession Convention.

Warren Winslow died on August 16, 1862 and was buried in the Cross Creek Cemetery in Fayetteville, NC.


Warren Winslow (1 January 1810 -- 16 August 1862) was the Democratic governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1854 to 1855.

Winslow was serving as Speaker of the North Carolina Senate in 1854 when Governor David S. Reid resigned, having been elected to the US Senate by the legislature. Speaker Winslow succeeded to the office for the last few months of Reid's term, under the law of the time. He then served in the United States House of Representatives from March 1855 to March 1861.

Winslow was a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina and also died there.


Winslow, Warren, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, N.C., January 1, 1810; was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1827; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Fayetteville; member of the State senate, and served as speaker; Acting Governor of North Carolina in December 1854; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth, Thirty-fifth, and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1861); died in Fayetteville, N.C., August 16, 1862; interment in Cross Creek Cemetery.
Warren Winslow, governor of North Carolina, was born in Fayetteville, NC on January 1, 1810. His education was attained at the University of North Carolina, where he graduated in 1827. He went on to study law, and then established his legal career in his hometown of Fayetteville. Winslow first entered politics as a member and speaker of the NC Senate, a position he held from 1854 to 1855. On December 6, 1854, the day after Governor David Settle Reid resigned from office, Winslow, who was Senate Speaker at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. He served in this capacity until Governor-elect Thomas Bragg took office. Winslow then secured an appointment to serve as a special delegate in the Black Warrior Affair in Spain. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1855 to 1861; and was a member of the 1861 NC Secession Convention. Warren Winslow passed away on August 16, 1862, and was buried in the Cross Creek Cemetery in Fayetteville, NC.

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