Governor of North Carolina (1712–1776)

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Governor of North Carolina
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StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceGovernor's Palace, New Bern
AppointerMonarch of Great Britain
FormationJanuary 24, 1712
First holderEdward Hyde
Final holderJosiah Martin
AbolishedJuly 4, 1776

The Governor of North Carolina was the representative of the British monarch in North Carolina. From 1729 to 1776, he was appointed by the monarch on the advice of the Board of Trade. The role of the governor was to act as the de facto head of state, and he was responsible for appointing members of the provincial government after a general election. The governor served as the commander in chief of the provincial militia and had sole responsibility for defence and security.

List of Governors of North Carolina (1712–1776)[edit]

No. Name
(Birth–Death)
Picture Took office Left office Monarch
(Reign)
1 His Excellency
Edward Hyde
(1667–1712)
Edward Hyde NC Governor.jpg January 24, 1712 September 8, 1712 Anne
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(1702–1714)
His Excellency
Thomas Pollock
(1654–1722)
Council president who served in the absence of governor
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1707-1714).svg September 12, 1712 May 28, 1714
2 His Excellency
Charles Eden
(1673–1722)
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1707-1714).svg May 28, 1714 March 26, 1722
His Excellency
Thomas Pollock
(1654–1722)
Council president who served in the absence of governor
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg March 30, 1722 August 30, 1722 George I
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(1714–1727)
His Excellency
William Reed
(c. 1670–1728)
Council president who served in the absence of governor
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg September 7, 1722 January 15, 1724
3 His Excellency
George Burrington
(1682–1759)
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg January 15, 1724 July 17, 1725
4 His Excellency
Sir Richard Everard
(1683–1733)
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg July 17, 1725 February 25, 1731 George II
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(1727–1760)
5 His Excellency
George Burrington
(1682–1759)
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg February 25, 1731 April 17, 1734
His Excellency
Nathaniel Rice
(c. 1670–1753)
Council president who served in the absence of governor
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg April 17, 1734 November 2, 1734
6 His Excellency
Gabriel Johnston
(1699–1752)
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg November 2, 1734 July 17, 1752
His Excellency
Nathaniel Rice
(c. 1684–1753)
Council president who served in the absence of governor
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg July 17, 1752 January 28, 1753
His Excellency
Matthew Rowan
(d. 1760)
Council president who served in the absence of governor
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg February 1, 1753 November 1, 1754
7 His Excellency
Arthur Dobbs
(1689–1765)
His excellency Arthur Dobbs esq., captain general, governour in chief and vice admiral of the Provence of North Carolina in America (NYPL NYPG94-F42-419798).jpg November 1, 1754 October 27, 1764
8 His Excellency
William Tryon
(1729–1788)
Tryon1767.jpg October 27, 1764 June 30, 1771 George III
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(1760–1776)
His Excellency
James Hasell
(d. 1785)
Council president who served in the absence of governor
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg July 1, 1771 August 12, 1771
9 His Excellency
Josiah Martin
(1737–1786)
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg August 12, 1771 July 4, 1776