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DUDLEY, Edward Bishop, governor of North Carolina, born in Onslow County, N.C., 15 December 1787; died in Wilmington, N. C., 30 October 1855. He was the son of a wealthy planter, who represented Onslow County in the state senate for several years Mr. Dudley grew up on his father's estate and succeeded to its ownership. From 1811 till 1813 he was a member of the North Carolina House of Commons, and in 1814 of the state senate. From 1816 till 1817, and again in 1834, he represented Wilmington in the legislature. He was chosen a member of the 21st congress as a Jackson Democrat, serving from 7 December 1829, till 3 March 1831, but declined a reelection. In 1836 he was the first governor of the state elected by the people under the amended constitution of 1835, the governors having previously been chosen by the legislature. He was also the first president of the Wilmington and Raleigh (now WILMINGTON & WELDON Railroad) railway. He was one of the most public-spirited and benevolent citizens of his state.
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