Lynton Y. Ballentine

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Lynton Yates Ballentine
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12th North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture
In office
1949 – July 19, 1964
GovernorW. Kerr Scott
William B. Umstead
Luther H. Hodges
Terry Sanford
Preceded byDavid S. Coltrane
Succeeded byJames Allen Graham
20th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 4, 1945 – January 6, 1949
GovernorR. Gregg Cherry
Preceded byReginald L. Harris
Succeeded byHoyt Patrick Taylor
Member of the
North Carolina Senate
Thirteenth Senatorial District[1]
In office
1937[1] – 1943[2]
Member of the
Wake County, N.C.
Board of Commissioners[1]
In office
1926[1] – 1934[1]
Personal details
BornApril 6, 1899
Varina, North Carolina
DiedJuly 19, 1964 (aged 65)
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Political partyDemocratic[1]
Alma materWake Forest College, B.A., (Political Economy) 1921.
OccupationDairyman and farmer

Lynton Yates Ballentine (April 6, 1899 – July 19, 1964) was a North Carolina dairyman, farmer and politician,[1] who served as the 20th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina from 1945 to 1949 and as the 12th North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture from 1949 until his death on July 19, 1964.

Early life[edit]

Ballentine, also known by the nickname "Stag," was born on April 6, 1899 to James Erastus and Lillian (Yates) Ballentine on a farm in Varina, North Carolina.[1]


Ballentine attended Oakwood and Cardenas Elementary Schools and from 1913-1917 Holly Springs High School.[1] In 1921 Ballentine received his B.A. in Political Economy from Wake Forest College.[1][2]

Early political career[edit]

After graduating from Wake Forest College, Ballentine returned home to help operate the family dairy farm. Ballentine was active in the North Carolina Democratic Party, and was elected to the Wake County Board of Commissioners and to the North Carolina Senate before seeking statewide office.[1]


Ballentine died on July 19, 1964 of coronary thrombosis, coronary atherosclerosis in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.[3]

End Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l North Carolina Secretary of State (1943), North Carolina Manual, (Volume 1943), Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Secretary of State, p. 408.
  2. ^ a b Lynton Yates Ballentine biography at the North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame
  3. ^ "Register of Deaths of Greenbrier County West Virginia" (PDF). Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Retrieved September 21, 2012.


Political offices
Preceded by
Reginald L. Harris
20th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Hoyt Patrick Taylor
Preceded by
David S. Coltrane
12th North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture
1949–July 19, 1964
Succeeded by
James Allen Graham