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John Motley Morehead
This article concerns the nineteenth-century governor John Motley Morehead. For his grandson, the twentieth-century businessman, chemist and philanthropist, see John Motley Morehead III.
Morehead graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1817 and trained as a lawyer. He served in the North Carolina General Assembly for several sessions and was the first governor inaugurated in the new State Capitol.
During his term in office, (Morehead belonged to the Whig Party) 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. Morehead died in 1866 and is buried in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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