Thomas Walter Bickett

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Thomas Walter Bickett
54th Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 11, 1917 – January 12, 1921
Lieutenant Oliver Max Gardner
Preceded by Locke Craig
Succeeded by Cameron A. Morrison
Attorney General of North Carolina
In office
Preceded by Robert D. Gilmer
Succeeded by James S. Manning
Member of the North Carolina General Assembly
Personal details
Born Thomas Walter Bickett
(1869-02-28)February 28, 1869
Monroe, North Carolina
Died December 28, 1921(1921-12-28) (aged 52)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Fannie Yarborough
Children 3
Alma mater Wake Forest University
Profession Lawyer, politician

Thomas Walter Bickett (February 28, 1869 – December 28, 1921) was the 54th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1917 to 1921. He was born in Monroe, North Carolina.

Bickett was a graduate of Wake Forest College. Prior to being elected Governor, Bickett practiced law in Louisburg, represented Franklin County in the North Carolina General Assembly and then served as North Carolina Attorney General for two terms (1909–1917).

In 1916, Bickett became the first state governor who was nominated by means of a Democratic Party primary election (in which he defeated Lt. Gov. Elijah L. Daughtridge).[1] Under Bickett's leadership, the state saw improvements in child welfare, public health, electricity, and running water. He persuaded the legislature to establish the state's first income tax.[2] He also had to lead the state through World War I.

Walter Bickett Elementary in Monroe, NC (where he was born) is named for him.


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Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert D. Gilmer
Attorney General of North Carolina
Succeeded by
James S. Manning
Political offices
Preceded by
Locke Craig
Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Cameron A. Morrison