Matthew Rowan

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Matthew Rowan (died April, 1760) was the acting colonial governor of North Carolina in 1753 and 1754, following the death of governor Nathaniel Rice. In 1753, the area that had previously been the northern part of Anson County was formed into Rowan County, named in his honor.[1]


  1. ^ Wegner, Ansley. "Rowan, Matthew". North Carolina Office of Archives and History. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 

Preceded by
Nathaniel Rice (acting)
Governor of the Royal Colony of North Carolina
1753 – 1754
Succeeded by
Arthur Dobbs