NC Civil War Governors

John W. ELLIS – 1 January 1859 – died in office 7 July 1861

Henry T. CLARK – 7 July 1861 – 8 September 1862

Edward STANLY – 19 May 1862 – 15 January 1863 [military governor]

Zebulon B. VANCE
– 8 September 1862 – removed on 13 May 1865

Byron LAFLIN – 1865?

William W. HOLDEN – 29 May 1865 – 15 December 1865 [Provisional Governor] – devoted a substantial amount of time to reading the individual pardon applications [to President Andrew Johnson] for wealthy men of state for their support of the rebellion whose financial worth was $20,000 or more, which placed them outside the reach of the General Amnesty. Provisional Governor Holden read the applications and made recommendations to President Johnson. He only recommended that two men not be granted pardons. Also, in his MEMOIRS he stated that two North Carolina wealthy men ignored the state process and applied directly to President Johnson. If a reader knows the names of these four men please email their names and they will be posted.

Email Address: civilwar.nash.wilson.counties@gmail.com

Jonathan WORTH – 15 December 1865 – removed 1 July 1868 [Provisional Governor]

William W. HOLDEN – 1 July 1868 – removed 15 December 1870 [Provisional Governor]

SOURCE: John H. and David J. Eicher, CIVIL WAR HIGH COMMANDS, page 11.

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