ELIAS CARR, the forty-eighth governor of North Carolina, was born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina on February 25, 1839. His education was attained at Oaks School, and at the University of Virginia. After serving in the Civil War, Carr became a successful farmer. He also became involved in the 1886 National Farmers’ Congress, as well as participating in the 1887 State Farmers Convention. Carr first entered politics as the 1892 Democratic gubernatorial nominee. He went on to win the general election, and was sworn into office on January 18, 1893. During his tenure, funding for state universities was increased; prison reform measures were initiated; and the state road system was advanced. After completing his term, Carr retired from political life. He continued to stay active in his various farming interests. Governor Elias Carr passed away on July 22, 1900, and was buried in the family graveyard in Edgecombe County, 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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