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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Gubernatorial Goldmine

Posted March 28, 2007 6:20 a.m. EDT
Updated March 28, 2007 6:23 a.m. EDT

Can you name the North Carolina governor who grew up in a house on the site of Lowe's Motor Speedway?

Did you know only one Wake County native ever served as governor? Hint: a high school is named for him.

These are just two of the many interesting facts gleaned from a new book edited by Michael Hill for the NC Office of Archives and History. The Governors of North Carolina offers biographical sketches, pictures and signatures of the Tar Heel chief executives from the Roanoke Colonies to Michael Easley.

Here are a few more questions:

Can you name the NC governor who was taken prisoner shortly after taking office in 1781?

Can you name the Morganton governor who strongly opposed secession prior to the Civil War?

What former chief executive was nicknamed "Governor for Life?"

What Roman Catholic governor grew up on a 60 acre tobacco farm?

I will post the answers later today and if you like I'll toss out a few more questions tomorrow.