Thomas Walter Bickett

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Thomas Walter Bickett
54th Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 11, 1917 January 12, 1921
Lieutenant Oliver Max Gardner
Preceded by Locke Craig
Succeeded by Cameron A. Morrison
Attorney General of North Carolina
In office
Governor William Walton Kitchin
Locke Craig
Preceded by Robert D. Gilmer
Succeeded by James S. Manning
Member of the North Carolina General Assembly
Personal details
Thomas Walter Bickett

(1869-02-28)February 28, 1869
Monroe, North Carolina
DiedDecember 28, 1921(1921-12-28) (aged 52)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Fannie Yarborough
Alma mater Wake Forest University
ProfessionLawyer, politician

Thomas Walter Bickett (February 28, 1869 December 28, 1921) was the 54th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1917 to 1921. He was born in Monroe, North Carolina.

Governor of North Carolina head of state and of government of the U.S. state of North Carolina

The governor of North Carolina is the head of state and head of government of the U.S. state of North Carolina. The governor directs the executive branch of the government and is the commander in chief of the military forces of the state. The current governor, Democrat Roy Cooper took office on January 1, 2017, and had a public swearing-in ceremony on January 7, 2017.

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North Carolina State in the United States

North Carolina is a U.S. state located in the southeastern region of the United States. North Carolina is the 28th largest and 9th-most populous of the 50 United States. It is bordered by Virginia to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Georgia and South Carolina to the south, and Tennessee to the west. Raleigh is the state's capital and Charlotte is its largest city. The Charlotte metropolitan area, with an estimated population of 2,569,213 in 2018, is the most populous metropolitan area in North Carolina, the 23rd-most populous in the United States, and the largest banking center in the nation after New York City. The Raleigh metropolitan area is the second-largest metropolitan area in the state, with an estimated population of 1,362,540 in 2018, and is home to the largest research park in the United States, Research Triangle Park.

Bickett was a graduate of Wake Forest College. Prior to being elected Governor, Bickett practiced law in Louisburg, represented Franklin County in the North Carolina General Assembly and then served as North Carolina Attorney General for two terms (1909–1917).

Louisburg, North Carolina Town in North Carolina, United States

Louisburg is a town in Franklin County, North Carolina, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 3,359. It is the county seat of Franklin County. The town is located about 29 miles northeast from the state's capital Raleigh, North Carolina, and located about 31 miles south from the Virginia border line. It is also the home of Louisburg College, the oldest two-year coeducational college in the United States, and of one of the campuses of Vance-Granville Community College.

Franklin County, North Carolina U.S. county in North Carolina

Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 60,619. Its county seat is Louisburg.

North Carolina General Assembly legislature of North Carolina

The North Carolina General Assembly is the bicameral legislature of the State government of North Carolina. The legislature consists of two chambers: the Senate and the House of Representatives. The General Assembly meets in the North Carolina Legislative Building in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States.

In 1916, Bickett became the first state governor who was nominated by means of a Democratic Party primary election (in which he defeated Lt. Gov. Elijah L. Daughtridge). [1] Under Bickett's leadership, the state saw improvements in child welfare, public health, electricity, and running water. He persuaded the legislature to establish the state's first income tax. [2] He also had to lead the state through World War I.

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Elijah L. Daughtridge American politician

Elijah Longstreet Daughtridge was a North Carolina politician who served as the 12th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina from 1913 to 1917.

Public health preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through organized efforts and informed choices of society and individuals

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Walter Bickett Elementary in Monroe, North Carolina (where he was born) is named for him. Two school locations have his name. The original Walter Bickett School opened in March 1922 on Lancaster Avenue [3] as Monroe High School, the city's first high school, and was named "sometime later" for Bickett. It remained a high school until the present Monroe High School was built in 1960, [4] and was replaced in 2003 with a new Walter Bickett Elementary. The older building became Walter Bickett Pre-K Education Center. [5] [6]

Monroe, North Carolina City in North Carolina, United States

Monroe is a city in and the county seat of Union County, North Carolina, United States. The population increased from 26,228 in 2000 to 32,797 in 2010. It is within the rapidly growing Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC Metropolitan area. Monroe has a council-manager form of government.


  1. "Our Campaigns - NC Governor - D Primary Race - Jun 03, 1916". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  2. News & Observer Archived 2013-10-30 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Sell, Donna H.; Cooper, Bill (1992-11-23). "History of Monroe High School". Union County Public Schools. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  4. "Monroe City Schools Were Chartered in 1901". The Enquirer-Journal. April 1972. p. 6E.
  5. "Bickett Re-use outlined". The Enquirer-Journal. February 6, 2003.
  6. "Walter Bickett Ed Center earns a five-star rating". The Enquirer-Journal. October 15, 2006.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert D. Gilmer
Attorney General of North Carolina
Succeeded by
James S. Manning
Political offices
Preceded by
Locke Craig
Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Cameron A. Morrison

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