CHARLES B. AYCOCK, the fiftieth governor of North Carolina, was born near Fremont, North Carolina on November 1, 1859. His education was attained at the Wilson Collegiate Institute, at the Kinston Collegiate Institute, and at the University of North Carolina, where he earned a Ph.B degree in 1880. He went on to study law, and then established his legal career in Goldsboro. Aycock also had a life-long devotion in education. Besides teaching, he served as the county superintendent of schools, as well as serving as the director of a Negro normal school. Aycock first entered politics as a Democratic presidential elector, a position he held in 1888 and 1892. He also served as the district attorney for the eastern district of North Carolina from 1893 to 1898. Aycock next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in the 1900 general election. During his tenure, numerous educational advancements were sanctioned; child labor laws were improved; and liquor prohibition was promoted. After leaving the governorship, Aycock returned to his legal practice. He also continued to stay active in his support of educational improvements. In 1911 Aycock announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, however he passed away before the election. Governor Charles B. Aycock was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.
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