Stephen Decatur Pool, a native of Elizabeth City, NC, was an educator and a newspaper editor. He and his wife operated the Elizabeth City Academy and he became the editor of ‘The Old North State’ in 1850. Pool eventually moved to Carteret County, was a Colonel in the Civil War, and represented Carteret County in the Legislature. After the war, he moved to New Bern, NC, was editor of the ‘New Bern Daily Journal of Commerce,’ and was elected NC Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1874. Being forced to leave this position in 1876, he moved to New Orleans and then settled in Tangipahoa Parish, MS.