Gabriel Holmes

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Gabriel Holmes (1769 - September 26, 1829) was the 21st Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1821 to 1824. He was not affiliated with any party; a Representative from North Carolina; born near Clinton, Sampson County, N.C., in 1769; attended Zion Parnassus Academy in Rowan County and Harvard University; studied law in Raleigh, N.C.; was admitted to the bar in 1790 and commenced practice in Clinton, N.C.; served in the State House of Commons 1794 and 1795; member of the State Senate 1797-1802, 1812, and 1813; Governor of North Carolina 1821-1824; elected to the Nineteenth, Twentieth, and Twenty-first Congresses and served from March 4, 1825, until his death near Clinton, Sampson County, N.C., September 26, 1829; Chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Twentieth Congress); burial in the John Sampson Cemetery. His body was moved there on Memorial Day, 1984, by the Sampson County Historical Society.[1] N.C. Archives

He was the father of the Confederate Lieutenant General Theophilus H. Holmes.


  1. ^ N.C. Archives
Political offices
Preceded by
Jesse Franklin
Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Hutchins G. Burton
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Hooks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 5th congressional district

1825 – 1829
Succeeded by
Edward B. Dudley