North Carolina
State Capital - Raleigh

Largest Cities - Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham, Fayetteville, Cary, Wilmington, High Point,
Greenville

Land area: 48,711 sq miles (126,161 square kilometers)

Present Constitution Adopted 1971

Entered Union: November 21, 1789

North Carolina is the 28th biggest state in the US.

State Motto -  ("
Esse Quam Videri" )To Be Rather Than to Seem

State Nickname - Tar Heel State

Origin of Name - North Carolina was named to honor King Charles I.

State Bird - Cardinal

State Mammal - Grey Squirrel

State Dog - Plott hound

State Reptile - Eastern box turtle

State Fish - Channel bass

State Shell - Scotch bonnet

State Flower - Flowering dogwood (
Cornus florida)

State Tree - Longleaf Pine (
Pinus palustris)

State Vegetable - Sweet potato

State Rock - Granite

State Precious Stone - Emerald

State Soil - North Carolina Cecil

State Colors - Red and Blue

State Beverage - Milk

State Historical Boat - Shad Boat

Carnivorous Plant, Venus Flytrap

Christmas Tree - Fraser Fir

Berries, Blueberry and Strawberry

Dances, Clogging, the Shag

Freshwater Trout - Southern Appalachian Brook Trout

Fruit - Scuppernong Grape

Insect - Honey Bee

Song - The Old North State by William Gaston

Carolina! Carolina! Heaven's blessings attend her!
While we live we will cherish, protect and defend her;
Though the scorner may sneer at and witlings defame her,
Our hearts swell with gladness whenever we name her.
Hurrah! Hurrah! The Old North State forever!
Hurrah! Hurrah! The good Old North State!

Though she envies not others their merited glory,
Say, whose name stands the foremost in Liberty's story!
Though too true to herself e'er to crouch to oppression,
Who can yield to just rule more loyal submission?

Plain and artless her sons, but whose doors open faster
At the knock of a stranger, or the tale of disaster?
How like to the rudeness of their dear native mountains,
With rich ore in their bosoms and life in their fountains.

And her daughters, the Queen of the Forest resembling-
So graceful, so constant, yet to gentlest breath trembling;
And true lightwood at heart, let the match be applied them,
How they kindle and flame! Oh! none know but who've tried them.

Then let all who love us, love the land that we live in
As happy a region on this side of Heaven,
Where Plenty and Freedom, Love and Peace smile before us,
Raise aloud, raise together, the heart-thrilling chorus!"

State Parks 29
Carolina Beach, Carvers Creek, chimney Rock, Cliffs of the Neuse, Crowders Mountain, Dismal Swamp, Elk Knob, Eno
river, Falls Lake, Fort Fisher, Fort Macon, Goose Creek, Gorges, Grandfather Mountain, Hammocks Beach, Hanging
Rock, Haw River, Jockey's Ridge, Jones Lake, Jordan Lake, Keer Lake, Lake James, Lake Norman, Lake Waccamaw,
Lumber River, Mayo river, Medoc Mountain, Merchants Millpond, Morrow Mountain, Mount Jefferson, Mount Mitchell,
New River, Occonneechee, Pettigrew, Pilot Mountain, Raven Rock, Singletary Lake, South Mountains, Stone Mountain,
Weymouth Woods, W. B. Umstead

National Parks 9
Blue Ridge Parkway, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Carl Sandburg Home
National Historic Site, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Guilford Courthouse
National Military Park, Moores Creek National Battlefield, Wright Brothers National Memorial

Counties in North Carolina
ALAMANCE
CUMBERLAND
JOHNSTON
RANDOLPH
ALEXANDER
CURRITUCK
JONES
RICHMOND
ALLEGHANY
DARE
LEE
ROBESON
ANSON
DAVIDSON
LENOIR
ROCKINGHAM
ASHE
DAVIE
LINCOLN
ROWAN
AVERY
DUPLIN
MACON
RUTHERFORD
BEAUFORT
DURHAM
MADISON
SAMPSON
BERTIE
EDGECOMBE
MARTIN
SCOTLAND
BLADEN
FORSYTH
MCDOWELL
STANLY
BRUNSWICK
FRANKLIN
MECKLENBURG
STOKES
BUNCOMBE
GASTON
MITCHELL
SURRY
BURKE
GATES
MONTGOMERY
SWAIN
CABARRUS
Concord
GRAHAM
MOORE
TRANSYLVANIA
CALDWELL
GRANVILLE
NASH
TYRRELL
CAMDEN
GREENE
NEW HANOVER
UNION
CARTERET
GUILFORD
  
Letter from Rev. Daniel Wilson to Rev. George Whipple Anti-slavery - AMA - June 22, 1852
  Letter from Rev. Daniel Wilson to Rev. George Whipple Anti-slavery - AMA - July 22, 1852
  Letter from Rev. Daniel Wilson to Rev. George Whipple Anti-slavery - AMA - August 10, 1852
NORTHAMPTON
VANCE
CASWELL
HALIFAX
ONSLOW
WAKE
CATAWBA
HARNETT
ORANGE
WARREN
CHATHAM
HAYWOOD
PAMLICO
WASHINGTON
CHEROKEE
HENDERSON
PASQUOTANK
WATAUGA
CHOWAN
HERTFORD
PENDER
WAYNE
CLAY
HOKE
PERQUIMANS
WILKES
CLEVELAND
HYDE
PERSON
WILSON
COLUMBUS
IREDELL
PITT
YADKIN
CRAVEN
JACKSON
POLK
YANCEY


Governors of North Carolina
Richard Caswell November 12, 1776 April 20, 1780  

2 Abner Nash April 20, 1780 June 26, 1781  

3 Thomas Burke June, 26 1781 April 22, 1782  

4 Alexander Martin April 22, 1782 May 13, 1785  

5 Richard Caswell May 13, 1785 December 20, 1787

6 Samuel Johnston December 20, 1787 December 17, 1789

7 Alexander Martin December 17, 1789 December 14, 1792  

8 Richard Dobbs Spaight December 14, 1792 November 19, 1795  

9 Samuel Ashe November 19, 1795 December 7, 1798  

10 William Richardson Davie December 7, 1798 November 23, 1799  

11 Benjamin Williams November 23, 1799 December 6, 1802  

12 James Turner December 6, 1802 December 10, 1805  

13 Nathaniel Alexander December 10, 1805 December 1, 1807   

14 Benjamin Williams December 1, 1807 December 12, 1808  

15 David Stone December 12, 1808 December 1, 1810   

16 Benjamin Smith December 1, 1810 December 11, 1811    

17 William Hawkins December 11, 1811 November 29, 1814   

18 William Miller November 29, 1814 December 6, 1817  

19 John Branch December 6, 1817 December 7, 1820  

20 Jesse Franklin December 7, 1820 December 7, 1821  

21 Gabriel Holmes December 7, 1821 December 7, 1824  

22 Hutchins Gordon Burton December 7, 1824 December 8, 1827  

23 James Iredell, Jr. December 8, 1827 December 12, 1828

24 John Owen December 12, 1828 December 18, 1830   

25 Montfort Stokes December 18, 1830 December 6, 1832  

26 David Lowry Swain December 6, 1832 December 10, 1835  

27 Richard Dobbs Spaight, Jr. December 10, 1835 December 31, 1836    

28 Edward Bishop Dudley December 31, 1836 January 1, 1841  

29 John Motley Morehead January 1, 1841 January 1, 1845   

30 William Alexander Graham January 1, 1845 January 1, 1849  

31 Charles Manly January 1, 1849 January 1, 1851   

32 David Settle Reid January 1, 1851 December 6, 1854  

33 Warren Winslow December 6, 1854 January 1, 1855   

34 Thomas Bragg January 1, 1855 January 1, 1859

35 John Willis Ellis January 1, 1859 July 7, 1861  

36 Henry Toole Clark July 7, 1861 September 8, 1862   

37 Zebulon Baird Vance September 8, 1862 May 29, 1865

38 William Woods Holden May 29, 1865 December 15, 1865  

39 Jonathan Worth December 15, 1865 July 1, 1868    

40 William Woods Holden July 1, 1868 December 15, 1870    

41 Tod Robinson Caldwell December 15, 1870 July 11, 1874  

42 Curtis Hooks Brogden July 11, 1874 January 1, 1877    

43 Zebulon Baird Vance January 1, 1877 February 5, 1879

44 Thomas Jordan Jarvis February 5, 1879 January 21, 1885  

45 Alfred Moore Scales January 21, 1885 January 17, 1889  

46 Daniel Gould Fowle January 17, 1889 April 7, 1891  

47 Thomas Michael Holt April 7, 1891 January 18, 1893    

48 Elias Carr January 18, 1893 January 12, 1897   

49 Daniel Lindsay Russell January 12, 1897 January 15, 1901  

50 Charles Brantley Aycock January 15, 1901 January 11, 1905

51 Robert Broadnax Glenn January 11, 1905 January 12, 1909  

52 William Walton Kitchin January 12, 1909 January 15, 1913

53 Locke Craig January 15, 1913 January 11, 1917  

54 Thomas Walter Bickett January 11, 1917 January 12, 1921  

55 Cameron Morrison January 12, 1921 January 14, 1925   

56 Angus Wilton McLean January 14, 1925 January 11, 1929    

57 Oliver Max Gardner January 11, 1929 January 5, 1933   

58 John C.B. Ehringhaus January 5, 1933 January 7, 1937  

59 Clyde R. Hoey January 7, 1937 January 9, 1941  

60 J. Melville Broughton January 9, 1941 January 4, 1945    

61 R. Gregg Cherry January 4, 1945 January 6, 1949  

62 W. Kerr Scott January 6, 1949 January 8, 1953  

63 William B. Umstead January 8, 1953 November 7, 1954  

64 Luther H. Hodges November 7, 1954 January 8, 1961  

65 Terry Sanford January 5, 1961 January 8, 1965

66 Dan K. Moore January 8, 1965 January 3, 1969  

67 Robert W. Scott January 3, 1969 January 5, 1973

68 James E. Holshouser, Jr. January 5, 1973 January 8, 1977

69 James B. Hunt, Jr. January 8, 1977 January 5, 1985    

70 James G. Martin January 5, 1985 January 9, 1993  

71 James B. Hunt, Jr. January 9, 1993 January 6, 2001  

72 Mike Easley January 6, 2001 January 10, 2009   

73 Beverly Perdue January 10, 2009 January 5, 2013

74 Pat McCrory

Most Influential Senator
Senator Sam Ervin (September 27, 1896 - April 23, 1985)  - North Carolina Senator from June 5, 1954 - December 31,
1974.

Presidents Born Here
James Knox Polk - born in Mecklenburg County November 2, 1795 became the 11th US President from 1845 to 1849.

Andrew Johnson - born in Raleigh December 29, 1808 became the 17th US President from 1865 to 1869.

Presidents who wish the were born here
Andrew Jackson - who insisted he was born in North Carolina but it was South Carolina.
Shad Boat
Plott Hound
Cardinal
Scuppernong Grape
North Carolina Cecil Soil
Southern Appalachian Brook Trout
Scotch bonnet
Senator Sam Irvin
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