CURTIS H. BROGDEN, the forty-second governor of North Carolina, was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina on November 6, 1816. His early education was attained in the common schools of his native state. He later went on to study law, and in 1845 was admitted to the bar, however he never practiced. In 1834 he joined the North Carolina state militia, where he served as captain, and later was promoted to the rank of major general. Brogden first entered politics as a member of the North Carolina House of Commons, a position he held from 1838 to 1851. He also served as the Wayne County justice of the peace from 1838 to 1858; was a member of the North Carolina State Senate from 1852 to 1857; and served as the North Carolina state comptroller from 1857 to 1867. In 1867 he served as a delegate to the state constitutional convention; and from 1872 to 1874 he was the lieutenant governor of North Carolina. On July 11, 1874 Governor Tod R. Caldwell died in office, and Brogden, who was the lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. During his tenure, railroad development was promoted; the University of North Carolina was reopened; and penal reform was supported, as well as educational improvements for blacks. After leaving the governorship, Brogden served in the U.S. House of Representatives, an office he held from 1877 to 1879. In his last political position, he served as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1886 to 1888. Governor Curtis H. Brogden passed away on January 5, 1901, and was buried in the Willowdale Cemetery in Goldsboro, 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.