David Stone (politician)

David Stone ( born February 17, 1770 Bertie County, North Carolina; † October 7, 1818 in Raleigh, North Carolina ) was an American politician and the 15th Governor of North Carolina. This State, he also represented in both houses of Congress.

Early years

David Stone attended Windsor Academy and later the College of New Jersey, from which then the Princeton University emerged. After studying law, he opened in 1790 in Halifax a law firm.

Congressman and Senator

Stone was one of 1789 delegates in North Carolina to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Between 1791 and 1794 he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina. He then worked until 1798 as a judge. The next step on his career ladder led him to Congress, where he was from 1799 to 1801 in the House and then worked until 1807 in the Senate. In the presidential elections of 1800, which had to be decided by Congress, Stone voted for Thomas Jefferson.

Governor of North Carolina

After a short time as a judge in North Carolina, he was in 1808 elected as the successor of Benjamin Williams to the governor and confirmed a year later in this post. His term began on December 12, 1808 and ended on 1 December 1810. During his time as governor, he pushed for the development of agriculture. At the same time the country's infrastructure has been improved. Especially in the field of transport progress has been achieved. Another focus of his tenure was the formation of policy. Stone advocated for the expansion of the school system.

Further CV and death

After the end of his tenure, Stone remained politically active. Between 1811 and 1812 he was again a member of parliament of North Carolina. From 1813 to 1814 he was a second time as a representative of the Democratic-Republican Party in the U.S. Senate. On December 24, 1814, he resigned his office and retired to his plantation, where he died in 1818.