Washington in Beaufort County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Daniel G. Fowle
Adjutant General, 1863,
superior court judge,
state legislator. His
home was here.
Erected 1953 by Archives Conservation and Highway Departments. (Marker Number B-33.)
Location. 35° 32.579′ N, 77° 3.434′ W. Marker is in Washington, North Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on West Main Street near South Respess Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington NC 27889, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Picket (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Gray Blount (about 700 feet away); DeMille Family (about 800 feet away); Attack On Washington (about 800 feet away); Havens Memorial Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Susan Dimock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Siege Of Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away); C. C. Cambreleng (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
Regarding Daniel G. Fowle. The first governor to occupy the new Executive Mansion, Daniel Gould Fowle (1831-1891) died just over two years into his term of office.
Fowle strongly opposed secession as the sectional crisis deepened, yielding only when it became an accomplished fact. Volunteering initially for the “Raleigh Rifles,” Fowle served as an officer in several regiments before being captured at Roanoke Island in February 1862. He was paroled on the condition that he not engage in further hostilities against the United States government.
In October 1862 Wake County voters elected Democrat Fowle to the state House. Governor Zebulon B. Vance appointed him state adjutant general with the rank of major general on March 14, 1863, but he resigned that post four months later. He won election
Fowle returned to his law practice and in 1880 lost to Thomas Jarvis in his bid for the governorship; in 1884 he lost a race for a seat in Congress. A split in the Democratic Party over favoritism to business and industry gave him an opportunity at the governor’s seat in 1888. Supported by the “Liberal Democrats,” he was elected on a platform that promised regulation of the railroad industry. Heavy rain forced his inauguration indoors, and on January 17, 1889, Daniel G. Fowle took the oath of office in Stronach’s Warehouse a short distance from the State Capitol.
Fowle’s tenure as governor suffered a temporary setback when the 1889 General Assembly reversed promises of railroad reform by refusing to pass the railroad commission bill. Fowle found himself in the middle of a power struggle between industry interests that wanted protection from unfavorable legislation and a growing populist movement that demanded changes
In educational endeavors, Fowle was more successful. He recommended a tax levy in counties unable to sustain the public schools for the required four months and proposed a state university for women. The legislature chartered the State Normal and Industrial School for Women (present University of North Carolina at Greensboro) in February 1891.
Daniel G. Fowle achieved another distinction as governor when he moved into the as yet unfinished Executive Mansion in January 1891. His oldest daughter, Helen, assumed the role of hostess. Fowle enjoyed the new residence three months before his death on April 8, 1891. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery a few blocks northeast of the governor’s house. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources)
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