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David Stone (politician)

David Stone
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1799 – March 3, 1801
Preceded by Dempsey Burges
Succeeded by Charles Johnson
United States Senator
from North Carolina
In office
March 4, 1801 – March 4, 1807
March 4, 1813 – December 24, 1814
Preceded by Timothy Bloodworth
Jesse Franklin
Succeeded by Jesse Franklin
Francis Locke
15th Governor of North Carolina
In office
December 12, 1808 – December 1, 1810
Preceded by Benjamin Williams
Succeeded by Benjamin Smith
Personal details
Born (1770-02-17)February 17, 1770
Bertie County, North Carolina
Died October 7, 1818(1818-10-07) (aged 48)
near Raleigh, North Carolina
Political party Democratic-Republican

David Stone (February 17, 1770 – October 7, 1818) was the 15th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1808 to 1810. Both before and after his term as governor, he served as a U.S. senator, between 1801 and 1807 and between 1813 and 1814.


Stone was born in Bertie County, North Carolina, the son of a farmer. He attended Windsor Academy and later the College of New Jersey, where he graduated with honors. Returning to North Carolina, Stone studied law in Halifax and was granted his law license in 1790. He married Hannah Turner and began the construction of a large manor house on land given him by his father, Zedekiah Stone. This is now a historic site, Hope Plantation.[1]

In 1789, Stone was a member of the convention in Fayetteville which ratified the United States Constitution. He proceeded to represent Bertie County in the North Carolina House of Commons until 1795, when he was named to the North Carolina Superior Court.

In 1798, Stone stepped down from the court to serve in the United States House of Representatives for one term; during the contested 1800 presidential election, he cast his vote for Thomas Jefferson when the election was sent to the House for a final decision.

Re-elected in a bid for a second term in the House, Stone resigned when he was elected to the United States Senate by the North Carolina General Assembly in late 1800. He resigned his seat in the Senate in 1807 to return to the state Superior Court, but was there for only a year before being elected Governor of North Carolina by the legislature in November 1808.

As Governor, Stone was an ardent supporter of agricultural and industrial development, as well as of the expansion to the education system to both sexes and all social classes. Stone was re-elected in 1809 but was defeated for a third one-year term in 1810 by Benjamin Smith.[2] Following his defeat, Stone served in the North Carolina House of Commons for a year before being named to the U.S. Senate once again in 1813.

Stone's second term in the U.S. Senate lasted only a year; he was censured by the NC General Assembly for failing to support the administration during the War of 1812. Stone resigned his Senate seat in December 1814, retiring to his Wake County plantation, where he died in 1818 and is buried.


  1. ^ or see WorldHeritage entry
  2. ^ NC Governor race from December 1810
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dempsey Burges
United States Representative in Congress
from North Carolina's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles Johnson
United States Senate
Preceded by
Timothy Bloodworth
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from North Carolina
Served alongside: Jesse Franklin, James Turner
Succeeded by
Jesse Franklin
Preceded by
Jesse Franklin
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from North Carolina
Served alongside: James Turner
Succeeded by
Francis Locke
Political offices
Preceded by
Benjamin Williams
Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Benjamin Smith
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