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Daniel Gould Fowle
North Carolina

Gov. Daniel Gould Fowle

  • January 17, 1889 - April 7, 1891
  • Democratic
  • March 3, 1831
  • April 7, 1891
  • North Carolina
  • Princeton University
  • Married twice—Ellen Brant Pearson, Mary E. Haywood; five children
  • Died in office
  • National Guard


DANIEL G. FOWLE, the forty-sixth governor of North Carolina, was born in Washington, North Carolina on March 3, 1831. His education was attained at the William Bingham Academy, and at Princeton University, where he graduated in 1851. He went on to study law, and in 1853 was licensed to practice. During the Civil War, he served as a lieutenant with the Raleigh Rifles, and later became a lieutenant colonel in the Confederate Army. Fowle first entered politics as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, a position he held in 1862 and held again from 1864 to 1865. He also served as a Superior Court justice from 1865 to 1867; and was chairman of the North Carolina State Democratic Committee in 1868. Fowle next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in the 1888 general election. During his tenure, a railroad commission was established; and county land taxes were promoted to fund educational improvements. While still in office, Governor Daniel G. Fowle passed away on April 7, 1891. He 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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