Governors of North Carolina

North Carolina governors have been heavily Democratic-leaning, historically and statistically speaking. That history of Democratic affiliated governors also continues with the current and 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Asberry Cooper III. Governor Cooper has been in office since 2017 and carries forth a long lineage of Democratic governors.

From 1901 until 1971 there wasn't a single member of any other party elected. Meaning for a span of 70 years and 18 North Carolina governors, Democrats had a stronghold on the highest seat in the state. While the state of North Carolina isn't quite as blue-blooded today, it is still a Democrat-friendly state for governors.

North Carolina governors also shoulder the weight of history, as North Carolina is the 12 State to join the Union in 1789. Like his most recent Democratic predecessors, Jim Hunt, governor from January 9, 1993, to January 6, 2001, and governor Mike Easley, January 6, 2001, to January 10, 2009, governor Roy Cooper can make a difference. With approximately 10 million residents, that also means making a difference for many lives.

North Carolina governors are charged with continuing to lead a proud and productive state, and part of America's heartland. That is also a job that continues to be done well from both sides of the aisle, just don't be surprised to find a Democratic in the governor's chair.

Name Term Start Term End Party
Richard CaswellNov 12, 1776Apr 20, 1780Unaffiliated
Abner NashApr 20, 1780Jun 26, 1781Unaffiliated
Thomas BurkeJun 26, 1781Apr 22, 1782Unaffiliated
Alexander MartinApr 22, 1782May 13, 1785Anti-Federalist
Richard CaswellMay 13, 1785Dec 20, 1787Unaffiliated
Samuel JohnstonDec 20, 1787Dec 17, 1789Federalist
Alexander MartinDec 17, 1789Dec 14, 1792Anti-Federalist
Richard Dobbs SpaightDec 14, 1792Nov 19, 1795Federalist
Samuel AsheNov 19, 1795Dec 7, 1798Anti-Federalist
William Richardson DavieDec 7, 1798Nov 23, 1799Federalist
Benjamin WilliamsNov 23, 1799Dec 6, 1802Federalist
James TurnerDec 6, 1802Dec 10, 1805Democratic-Republican
Nathaniel AlexanderDec 10, 1805Dec 1, 1807Democratic-Republican
Benjamin WilliamsDec 1, 1807Dec 12, 1808Federalist
David StoneDec 12, 1808Dec 1, 1810Democratic-Republican
Benjamin SmithDec 1, 1810Dec 11, 1811Democratic-Republican
William HawkinsDec 11, 1811Nov 29, 1814Democratic-Republican
William MillerNov 29, 1814Dec 6, 1817Democratic-Republican
John BranchDec 6, 1817Dec 7, 1820Democratic-Republican
Jesse FranklinDec 7, 1820Dec 7, 1821Democratic-Republican
Gabriel HolmesDec 7, 1821Dec 7, 1824Democratic-Republican
Hutchins Gordon BurtonDec 7, 1824Dec 8, 1827Unaffiliated
James Iredell Jr.Dec 8, 1827Dec 12, 1828Democratic-Republican
John OwenDec 12, 1828Dec 18, 1830Democratic
Montfort StokesDec 18, 1830Dec 6, 1832Democratic
David Lowry SwainDec 6, 1832Dec 10, 1835National Republican
Richard Dobbs Spaight Jr.Dec 10, 1835Dec 31, 1836Democratic
Edward Bishop DudleyDec 31, 1836Jan 1, 1841Whig
John Motley MoreheadJan 1, 1841Jan 1, 1845Whig
William Alexander GrahamJan 1, 1845Jan 1, 1849Whig
Charles ManlyJan 1, 1849Jan 1, 1851Whig
David Settle ReidJan 1, 1851Dec 6, 1854Democratic
Warren WinslowDec 6, 1854Jan 1, 1855Democratic
Thomas BraggJan 1, 1855Jan 1, 1859Democratic
John Willis EllisJan 1, 1859Jul 7, 1861Democratic
Henry Toole ClarkJul 7, 1861Sep 8, 1862Democratic
Zebulon Baird VanceSep 8, 1862May 29, 1865Conservative
William Woods HoldenMay 29, 1865Dec 15, 1865National Union
Jonathan WorthDec 15, 1865Jul 1, 1868Conservative
William Woods HoldenJul 1, 1868Mar 22, 1871Republican
Tod Robinson CaldwellMar 22, 1871Jul 11, 1874Republican
Curtis Hooks BrogdenJul 11, 1874Jan 1, 1877Republican
Zebulon Baird VanceJan 1, 1877Feb 5, 1879Democratic
Thomas Jordan JarvisFeb 5, 1879Jan 21, 1885Democratic
Alfred Moore ScalesJan 21, 1885Jan 17, 1889Democratic
Daniel Gould FowleJan 17, 1889Apr 7, 1891Democratic
Thomas Michael HoltApr 7, 1891Jan 18, 1893Democratic
Elias CarrJan 18, 1893Jan 12, 1897Democratic
Daniel Lindsay RussellJan 12, 1897Jan 15, 1901Republican
Charles Brantley AycockJan 15, 1901Jan 11, 1905Democratic
Robert Broadnax GlennJan 11, 1905Jan 12, 1909Democratic
William Walton KitchinJan 12, 1909Jan 15, 1913Democratic
Locke CraigJan 15, 1913Jan 11, 1917Democratic
Thomas Walter BickettJan 11, 1917Jan 12, 1921Democratic
Cameron A. MorrisonJan 12, 1921Jan 14, 1925Democratic
Angus Wilton McLeanJan 14, 1925Jan 11, 1929Democratic
O. Max GardnerJan 11, 1929Jan 5, 1933Democratic
John C.B. EhringhausJan 5, 1933Jan 7, 1937Democratic
Clyde R. HoeyJan 7, 1937Jan 9, 1941Democratic
J. Melville BroughtonJan 9, 1941Jan 4, 1945Democratic
R. Gregg CherryJan 4, 1945Jan 6, 1949Democratic
W. Kerr ScottJan 6, 1949Jan 8, 1953Democratic
William B. UmsteadJan 8, 1953Nov 7, 1954Democratic
Luther H. HodgesNov 7, 1954Jan 5, 1961Democratic
Terry SanfordJan 5, 1961Jan 8, 1965Democratic
Dan K. MooreJan 8, 1965Jan 3, 1969Democratic
Robert W. ScottJan 3, 1969Jan 5, 1973Democratic
James HolshouserJan 5, 1973Jan 8, 1977Republican
Jim HuntJan 8, 1977Jan 5, 1985Democratic
James G. MartinJan 5, 1985Jan 9, 1993Republican
Jim HuntJan 9, 1993Jan 6, 2001Democratic
Mike EasleyJan 6, 2001Jan 10, 2009Democratic
Bev PerdueJan 10, 2009Jan 5, 2013Democratic
Pat McCroryJan 5, 2013Jan 1, 2017Republican
Roy CooperJan 1, 2017-Democratic