List of colonial governors of North Carolina

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This is a list of the colonial governors of North Carolina.

Governors of Roanoke Island, 1585-1587[edit]

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Governor Took office Left office
Ralph Lane 1585 1586
John White 1587 1587

Governors of Albemarle, 1664-1689[edit]

Governor Took office Left office
William Drummond 1664 1667
Samuel Stephens 1667 1669
Peter Carteret 1670 1672
John Jenkins 1672 1675
Thomas Eastchurch 1675 1676
John Jenkins 1676 1677
Thomas Miller 1677 1677
John Harvey 1679 1679
Henry Wilkinson N/A[a] N/A
John Jenkins 1680 1681
Seth Sothel 1682 1689

Province of Carolina[edit]

In 1689-91, a system developed in which the Lord Proprietors appointed one governor for the entire province of Carolina based in Charles Town. This official governed the northern part of the colony through a "Deputy Governor" who was in many ways autonomous. In the early years, the deputy governor was known as the governor of "Ye Lands North and East of Cape Feare." Eventually, this system gave way to the creation of two separate governments.

Governors of Carolina, 1689-1712[edit]

Deputy Governors of Carolina (for the northern part of the province), 1689-1712[edit]

Governors of North Carolina, 1712-1776[edit]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Appointed, but never took office.

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