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for The State Vol. 11 Issue 4, June 1943
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Macon County was known for its scenic panoramas and natural resources, which drew in a healthy tourist industry and provided for bountiful agricultural industries. Timber harvested from the bountiful Nantahala National Forest, 40% of its 350,473 were located within Macon County, supplied the furniture and lumber industries. Mining was another important industry to Macon County because of increased war-time demands for mica, a heat-resistant mineral used in boilers, furnace, and electrical conduits.
Johnson Blakely is considered a lively historic character, though not native to North Carolina, who quickly gained notoriety in the state. Blakely moved from Ireland to Wilmington in 1781 as a boy and when old enough attended University of North Carolina. He gained a reputation for fearlessness at the University which carried through to his naval career. In 1799 he joined the Navy and served as a midshipman for 12 years. Promoted to lieutenant, he captained the brig Enterprise and then the brig Wasp. His career ended aboard the Wasp when the ship went missing; last seen on October 19, 1814.
Robert Lee Flowers was a native of Alexander County who went on to serve as president of Duke University. He served an uninterrupted 52 years at Trinity College and its successor Duke University. In 1891, he began his career at Trinity College as a mathematics instructor before receiving tenure in 1894. He added the distinction of Vice-President of Duke University in 1925. In 1941, after the death of former President Dr. Few, Dr. Flowers was appointed President of the University.