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JARVIS, Thomas Jordan, governor of North Carolina, born in Jarvisburg, Currituck County, North Carolina, 18 January, 1836. His youth was spent on a farm, laboring for the support of his family, and his college education was obtained by a loan from a friend. He was graduated at Randolph-Macon in 1860, and in the following year entered the Confederate army as a private. He soon became 1st lieutenant in the 8th North Carolina regiment, and in 1863 was promoted captain, but on 14 May, 1864, his right arm was shattered by a bullet, and he was compelled to retire from the service. He was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1865, became a merchant, and while engaged in business studied law, and was admitted to the bar. He began to practise in 1868, was a presidential elector in that year, elected to the legislature, and re-elected in 1870. becoming speaker of the house. He was again a presidential elector in 1872, in 1875 was a member of the State constitutional convention, and in the following year was elected lieutenant-governor of North Carolina. In 1879 he became governor, by the election of Governor Zebulon B. Vance to the United States senate, and in 1880 he was elected to the office, which he held till 1884. In 1885 he was appointed United States minister to Brazil.
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