JOHN C. B. EHRINGHAUS, the fifty-eighth governor of North Carolina, was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on February 5, 1882. His education was attained at the Atlantic Christian Collegiate Institute, and at the University of North Carolina, where he earned an undergraduate degree in 1901 and a law degree in 1903. Ehringhaus first entered politics in 1905, serving as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, a position he held again from 1907 to 1908. He also served as solicitor of the First Judicial District from 1910 to 1922. Ehringhaus next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in the 1932 general election. During his tenure, school legislation was sanctioned, as well as the initiation of a rental schoolbook program. Also, the state penal system was improved; workmen compensation laws were authorized; and the utilities commission was restructured. After leaving the governorship, Ehringhaus returned to his legal career, serving as the special assistant to the U.S. district attorney. Governor John C.B. Ehringhaus passed away on July 31, 1949, and was buried in Elizabeth City, 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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