William Walton Kitchin

46th Governor of the State of North Carolina - 1909 to 1913

Date Born: October 9, 1866

Date Died: November 9, 1924

Place Born: Halifax County, NC

Place Buried: Baptist Cemetery in Scotland Neck, NC

Residence: Roxboro, NC and Raleigh, NC

Occupation: Lawyer


William Walton Kitchin was born on October 9, 1866 near Scotland Neck in Halifax County, NC, the son of William Hodge Kitchin and Maria Figures (Arrington) Kitchin. He was first educated in local schools, among them Vine Hill Academy. He graduated from Wake Forest College in 1884, studied law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then studied law under his father and passed the North Carolina bar examination in 1887. He practiced law in Roxboro, NC.

On December 22, 1892, William Walton Kitchin married Sue Musette Satterfield, daughter of William Clement Satterfield and Susan Temesia (Norwood) Satterfield; they had six children.

In 1892, William Walton Kitchin ran unsuccessfully for the NC Senate.

In 1896, William Walton Kitchin was first elected to six consecutive terms to represent the North Carolina 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives and he served from 1897 until 1909. As a representative, he supported the idea of an income tax, and promoted the direct election of Senators by the people.

In the 1908 general election, William Walton Kitchin was elected by the people as the next Governor of North Carolina. He served one term from January 12, 1909 to January 15, 1913. His tenure as governor was highly productive: he increased expenditures for public education and public health services, oversaw expansion of railroads and increased stability of the state's banks. Among many things, he supported more regulations on business and more anti-trust laws. He also endorsed a ten-hour workday in factories and legislation that prohibited children under 13 years old from working in factories.

Gov. Kitchin's administration favored the study of road needs before setting a comprehensive construction policy; during his term as governor, 1,300 miles of roads were constructed in North Carolina.

In 1912, William Walton Kitchin ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. After leaving the governor's mansion, he returned to his law practice in Raleigh, NC until 1919 when declining health forced him to retire to his family home in Halifax County, NC.

William Walton Kitchin died on November 9, 1924, and he was buried in the Scotland Neck Baptist Cemetery in Scotland Neck, NC.


William Walton Kitchin (9 October 1866 -- 9 November 1924) was the Democratic governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1909 to 1913. A lawyer, he also ran unsuccessfully the North Carolina Senate and then served in the United States House of Representatives from 1897 to 1909. Limited to one term as governor by the state constitution of the time, Kitchin ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 1912. [1]

W.W. Kitchin was the son of William H. Kitchin, the brother of Claude Kitchin and the uncle of Alvin Paul Kitchin, each of whom served in the U.S. Congress.

Kitchin and his wife, Sue Satterfield, had six children: Sue Arrington (22 Oct. 1893 - 5 Aug. 1954), William Walton (Sept. 1895 - Sept. 1905), Anne Maria (23 Oct. 1897 - 16 Jan. 1995), Elizabeth Gertrude (19 Dec. 1899 - Sept. 1979), Clement Satterfield, and Musette Satterfield. W.W. Kitchin's children related stories of how kind he was to the hired help at the Governor's Mansion, going so far as to offer them time off one Christmas. The children also enjoyed roller skating through the Governor's Mansion.


Kitchin, William Walton, (son of William Hodges Kitchin, brother of Claude Kitchin, and uncle of A. Paul Kitchin), a Representative from North Carolina; born near Scotland Neck, Halifax County, NC, October 9, 1866; attended private schools and Vine Hill Academy; was graduated from Wake Forest College, North Carolina, in 1884; edited the Scotland Neck Democrat in 1885; studied law in Scotland Neck and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Roxboro, N.C., in 1889; chairman of the county executive committee in 1890; nominee of his party for the State senate in 1892; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, until January 11, 1909, when he resigned; Governor of North Carolina 1909-1913; resumed the practice of law in Raleigh, NC; died in Scotland Neck, N.C., November 9, 1924; interment in the Baptist Cemetery.
William Walton Kitchin, governor of North Carolina, was born near Scotland Neck, NC on October 9, 1866. His education was attained at Vine Hill Academy, and at Wake Forest College, where he graduated in 1884. He went on to study law, and then established his legal career in Roxboro. Kitchin first entered politics as the chairman of the County Democratic Executive Committee, a position he held in 1890. He also served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1897 to 1909. Kitchin next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in the 1908 general election. During his tenure, funding for education was increased; an anti-trust bill was sanctioned; prohibition was promoted; and railway and road development was advanced. After completing his term, Kitchin retired from political life, and returned to his legal practice. William W. Kitchin passed away on November 9, 1924, and was buried in the Baptist Cemetery in Scotland Neck, NC.

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