Greenville in Pitt County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Thomas J. Jarvis
Captain, 8th North Carolina, CSA
Lt. Governor & Governor of North Carolina
U.S. Ambassador to Brazil
The Father of East Carolina University
In life he embodied the motto
of the University he helped establish,
Placed by the Pitt County Historical Society
Location. 35° 36.902′ N, 77° 22.614′ W. Marker is in Greenville, North Carolina, in Pitt County. Marker is on West 2nd Street near South Pitt 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. A different marker also named Thomas J. Jarvis (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baptist State Convention (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greenville (approx. half a mile away); Plank Road (approx. 1.3 miles away); Red Banks Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); Voice Of America (approx. 5.4 miles away); Sallie S. Cotten (approx. 7.3 miles away); Haddocks Crossroads (approx. 8½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
Regarding Thomas J. Jarvis.
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, Vance
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 Jarvis United States minister to Brazil, an office he resigned in 1888 to return to law practice in Greenville. The next year he turned down an offer to be first president of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (present-day North Carolina State University). Governor Elias Carr appointed him to fill the Senate seat vacated by the death of Vance in 1894. There he promoted a graduated income tax, tariff reduction, and involved himself with other monetary problems. Jarvis hoped to gain a full term in the senate by challenging incumbent Matt Ransom rather than try for the two years remaining in Vance’s term. He failed, but out of his effort came his interest in free coinage of silver.
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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