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John Motley Morehead

Male 1796 - 1866  (70 years)


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  • Name John Motley Morehead 
    Born 4 Jul 1796  Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Fact 1 Between 1841 and 1845 
    Served as Governor of North Carolina 
    Died 27 Aug 1866 
    Person ID I378  Master
    Last Modified 15 Oct 2012 

    Father Squire John Morehead, IV,   b. 9 May 1760, , Halifax, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1832, Rockingham, Richmond, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Obedience Motley,   b. 1768, , Amelia, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863, Mocksville, Davie, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 9 May 1790  , Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F125  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann Eliza Lindsay 
    Married 9 Sep 1821 
    Children 
     1. Letitia Harper Morehead,   b. 1823,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Lt. Eugene Lindsay Morehead,   b. 16 Sep 1824,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Mary Corrina Morehead,   b. 27 Nov 1825,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Ann Eliza Morehead,   b. 8 Feb 1827,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Mary Louise Morehead,   b. 1830,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Colonel John Lindsay Morehead,   b. 1833,   d. 10 Nov 1864  (Age 31 years)
     7. Emma Victoria Morehead,   b. 1836,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +8. Major James Turner Morehead,   b. 13 Aug 1840,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F130  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Jul 1796 - Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    John Motley  Morehead
    John Motley Morehead
    Painted while governor of NC.

    Documents
    John Motley Morehead
    John Motley Morehead
    Signature from term as governor of NC.

  • Notes 
    • Governor of North Carolina 1841-1845

      Born - July 4, 1796, Pittsylvania County, VA
      Died - August 27, 1866
      Buried in: Greensboro
      Residence: Guilford County
      Occupation: Lawyer
      Party: Whig

      Moving to Rockingham County, North Carolina, at the age of two, John Motley Morehead later graduated from the
      University of North Carolina and studied law. He served in the House of Commons for several sessions and was the first
      governor inaugurated in the new State Capitol. During his term in office, he supported the new public school system, the extension of railroad lines, the improvement of rivers and harbors, and the construction of waterways and turnpikes. Governor Morehead was instrumental in raising private funds for a railroad line to accompany $2 million provided by the legislature. For his efforts, Morehead was elected president of the North Carolina Railroad. In 1861, he represented the state at a conference to avoid war. With the failure of the conference and the secession of North Carolina, Morehead served in the Confederate Congress.