Greenville in Pitt County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Thomas J. Jarvis
Minister to Brazil;
United States Senator.
Home is 3 blocks S.
Grave is 1 block W.
Erected 1971 by State Department of Archives and History. (Marker Number F-19.)
Location. 35° 36.871′ N, 77° 22.467′ W. Marker is in Greenville, North Carolina, in Pitt County. Marker is at the intersection of Green Street (State Highway 1531) and West Second Street, on the left when traveling north on Green Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville NC 27858, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Baptist State Convention (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Thomas J. Jarvis (about 800 feet away); Greenville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Plank Road (approx. 1.3 miles away); Red Banks Church (approx. 3½ miles away); Voice Of America (approx. 5½ miles away); Sallie S. Cotten (approx. 7.4 miles away); Haddocks Crossroads (approx. 8½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
Regarding Thomas J. Jarvis.
Thomas Jordan Jarvis has the distinction of sharing his name with an ancestor, proprietary governor Thomas Jarvis, whose tenure extended from 1691 to 1694. While serving as lieutenant governor in 1879, the nineteenth century Jarvis became governor when Zebulon B. Vance resigned to serve in the United States Senate; the following year he was elected to his own full term. The son of Bannister Hardy and Elizabeth Daley Jarvis, he was born on January 18, 1836, at Jarvisburg in Currituck County. The “Plough Boy of Currituck” graduated with honors from Randolph Macon College in 1860. A captain in the Eighth Regiment, Jarvis received a crippling arm wound at Drewry’s Bluff. After the war, he moved to Columbia where he set up law practice. Jarvis flirted with politics as a delegate to the 1865 convention and in 1868 won a seat in the legislature from Tyrrell County. Reelected in 1870, he was the party’s choice for speaker of the house and used his power to reduce government costs, investigate railroad frauds, and oversee the impeachment trial of William Woods Holden.
In 1872 Jarvis moved to Greenville and two years later married Martha Woodson; the couple had no children. Having worked his way into the hierarchy of the Democratic Party, Jarvis received the nomination for lieutenant governor on the successful ticket with Vance in 1876. Two years into the term,
Jarvis persuaded the legislature to establish five normal schools for teachers; played a major role in the creation of the State Board of Health; pushed for funding for the Deaf and Dumb Asylum and for Oxford Orphanage; and proposed new mental health facilities in Goldsboro and Morganton. Some projects incurred delays as the legislature responded to Jarvis’s inaugural appeal and reduced tax rates. In his full term he pushed for increased aid to education and professional standards for teachers. He secured permission from the assembly to build a new governor’s mansion.
President Grover Cleveland in 1885 appointed
By the early 1900s elder statesman Jarvis quietly withdrew from public life and concentrated on his legal practice. In 1904 he declined the deanship of the newly created law school at Trinity College (present-day Duke University). In 1907 he and William Ragsdale helped push through the legislature a law establishing a teachers’ training school in Greenville (present-day East Carolina University). Thomas Jarvis, a Methodist, died on June 17, 1915, and was buried in Cherry Hill Cemetery in Greenville. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources)
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