J. Melville Broughton
|Joseph Melville Broughton|
|United States Senator
from North Carolina
December 31, 1948 – March 6, 1949
|Preceded by||William B. Umstead|
|Succeeded by||Frank P. Graham|
|60th Governor of North Carolina|
January 9, 1941 – January 4, 1945
|Lieutenant||Reginald L. Harris|
|Preceded by||Clyde R. Hoey|
|Succeeded by||R. Gregg Cherry|
November 17, 1888|
Raleigh, North Carolina
|Died||March 6, 1949
|Alma mater||Wake Forest University,
Harvard Law School
Joseph Melville Broughton (November 17, 1888 – March 6, 1949) was the 60th Governor of North Carolina from 1941 to 1945. He later briefly served as a United States Senator from January 3, 1949 until his death in office approximately two months later.
Broughton was born on November 17, 1888 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest College, where he also played football, in 1910. Broughton attended Harvard Law School then worked as a school principal and journalist before actively entering the legal profession. As governor, one of his major legacies was the extension of the public school term from six to nine months.
In 1948, Broughton was elected to the United States Senate, after defeating William B. Umstead, an appointed incumbent, in the Democratic primary. In November, Broughton won both a special election to complete the Senate term and an election for a full term. He took office on December 31, 1948, but his service in the Senate was brief, as he died on March 6, 1949 in Bethesda, Maryland.
Joseph Melville Broughton, Jr. was the son of Joseph Melville Broughton, Sr. and Sallie Harris. He married Alice Wilson in 1916, they had four children. He was the nephew of Needham B. Broughton. He was interred at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh.
- OurCampaigns.com: 1948 primary
- OurCampaigns.com: 1948 special election
- OurCampaigns.com: 1948 regular Senate election
- NC Historical Marker: Broughton Hospital
- Leonhart, James Chancellor (1962). The Fabulous Octogenarian. Baltimore Maryland: Redwood House, Inc. p. 277.
Clyde R. Hoey
|Governor of North Carolina
R. Gregg Cherry
|United States Senate|
William Bradley Umstead
|U.S. Senator (Class 2) from North Carolina
Served alongside: Clyde Roark Hoey
Frank Porter Graham