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John Branch of Enfield, in Halifax County, was one of the state's most active political figures. He was governor of this state and Florida, secretary of the Navy under Andrew Jackson, and a member of the state legislature and both houses of Congress.
John Branch of Halifax County was the first North Carolinian to serve in a United States Cabinet position. President Andrew Jackson appointed him. He is the only person to be appointed governor of two states. Branch was Secretary of the Navy under Andrew Jackson, governor of North Carolina, and later appointed Florida's first governor by President Tyler. He held numerous other positions at the state and national level.
As first Governor of Florida, three times Governor of North Carolina, U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Navy, and State Legislator, John Branch established an unusual record of public service.
A powerful senator for the state of North Carolina, John Branch, once in the great graces of Andrew Jackson, became the motivation for the development of the Whig Party in North Carolina.
This article discusses the life and accomplishments of North Carolinian John Branch, who acted in the capacity of Secretary of the Navy in the Cabinet of President Andrew Jackson. It highlights Branch's distinguished service to both North Carolina and the United States during the Revolutionary War as a Lieutenant-Colonel, and in several government positions including Secretary of the Navy, Speaker of the Senate in North Carolina, and a member of the United States Senate and House of Representatives.