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Sparta in Alleghany County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Rufus A. Doughton

Rufus A. Doughton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 9, 2017
1. Rufus A. Doughton Marker
Inscription.  Legislator, 14 terms. Lt. Governor, 1893-1897. Headed Revenue & Highway Commissions. Was UNC Trustee for 56 years. Office was 30 feet west.
Erected 1966 by Archives and Highway Departments. (Marker Number M-37.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1893.
Location. 36° 30.348′ N, 81° 7.256′ W. Marker is in Sparta, North Carolina, in Alleghany County. Marker is on North Main Street (U.S. 21) just north of Whitehead Street (State Highway 18), on the right when traveling north. It is at the courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sparta NC 28675, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alleghany County War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Boone Trail Highway (a few steps from this marker); Robert Lee Doughton (within shouting distance of this marker); Sparta (approx. 0.2
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miles away); Tillers of the Land - Then and Now (approx. 5.2 miles away); Stone Mountain (approx. 5.9 miles away); a different marker also named Robert Lee Doughton (approx. 6 miles away); Brinegar Cabin (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparta.
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry. “Rufus A. Doughton (1857–1946) was a member of the North Carolina General Assembly from Alleghany County, North Carolina and Speaker of the state House of Representatives for one term (1891). A Democrat, he was elected and served as the seventh Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina from 1893 to 1897 under Governor Elias Carr. He played an important role in establishing the road system in North Carolina. ...

“Rufus was one of twelve children of J.H. and Rebecca Doughton of Laurel Springs, North Carolina. All twelve children—men and women—went to college. Rufus attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His family home is now a bed and breakfast called Doughton Hall. ... He chaired the House Ways and Means Committee for many years, longer than any other Congressman. A book called Hillbilly Women includes a story of a poor woman
Rufus A. Doughton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 9, 2017
2. Rufus A. Doughton Marker
whose family needed money to bury a relative and walked over the ridge to ask ‘Rufe Doughton’ for help.” (Submitted on June 23, 2017.) 
Rufus A. Doughton image. Click for full size.
State Archives of North Carolina via Wikipedia Commons
3. Rufus A. Doughton
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 247 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 23, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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