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for Tar Heel Junior Historian Vol. 12 Issue 2, Dec 1972
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Parties clashed in the 1876 gubernatorial race and pitted Democrat Zebulon Vance against Republican Thomas Settle. The race became dubbed 'Battle of the Giants' because each candidate represented the best from each party and because of the veracity of the campaign, which turned away from issues and focused on personalities. Vance would go on to win by 14,000 votes and secure the Democrats political position within 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.