David Stone served in the North Carolina House of Commons, State Supreme Court Judge, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and as Governor of North Carolina from 1810 to 1812. Stone owned Hope Plantation, in Bertie County, and in 1799, he built Rest-Dale Plantation in Wake County. Stone, a successful politician and businessman, chartered the Neuse River Transportation Company that sought to open the Neuse River for water transportation between New Bern and Raleigh. As governor, Stone advocated the use of state funds for social improvements. His primary focus was the development of a public education system, based on the Lancastrian method that would made education available to all students regardless a family's ability to pay tuition.