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Robert Broadnax Glenn
North Carolina

Gov. Robert Broadnax Glenn

  • January 11, 1905 - January 12, 1909
  • Democratic
  • August 11, 1854
  • May 16, 1920
  • North Carolina
  • Davidson College, University of Virginia, Judge Richmond Pearson Law School
  • Married Nina Deaderick; three children


ROBERT B. GLENN, the fifty-first governor of North Carolina, was born in Yadkin County, North Carolina on August 11, 1854. His education was attained at Davidson College, at the University of Virginia, and at Judge Richmond Pearson Law School. After he established his legal career, Glenn entered into politics. He served as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1880; and was a presidential elector in 1884 and 1892. He also served as the district solicitor in 1886, was the U.S. attorney in 1892; and served in the North Carolina State Senate in 1898. Glenn next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in the 1904 general election. During his tenure, the state’s construction bonds were paid off; lynching was eliminated; railroad rates were cut; and prohibition policies were promoted. After completing his term, Glenn returned to his legal practice. In 1920, he secured an appointment to serve on the International Boundary Commission. Governor Robert B. Glenn passed away on May 16, 1920, and was buried somewhere in Winston-Salem.


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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