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Catherine Ann Devereux Edmondston's diary is now being published by the Archives Division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Crabtree edited the document and has chosen several passages from the diary as a sample of Edmondston's extraordinary writing.
The first American born governor, Captain Samuel Stephens, succeeded William Drummond in October 1667. Son of Richard Stephens and Elizabeth Piersey, natives of London, Samuel was born in 1629, at Bolthrope plantation, Virginia.
In 1852, the General Assembly approved of an act for a state fair to promote the mechanical arts and agricultural industry within the state. Led by the Wake County Agricultural Society, predecessor to the state-wide society, the exhibition was planned for October 18-22, 1853. The three-day event took place near Raleigh and drew huge crowds from across the state.
Richard Caswell was the first governor despite no campaigning and not being directly elected by the state's citizens. He moved from Maryland in the mid-1700s to Lenoir County to be a surveyor and later county clerk. From 1776-1780 and again from 1784-1787, he served as governor and later as state Senator until his death on November 10, 1789.