Halifax in Halifax County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Hutchins G. Burton
Erected 1998 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number E-39.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1827.
Location. 36° 19.233′ N, 77° 35.632′ W. Marker is in Halifax, North Carolina, in Halifax County. Marker is on U.S. 301 just south of South King Street (Business U.S. 301), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Halifax NC 27839, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Willie Jones (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington’s Southern Tour (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Independence (about 400 feet away); Cornwallis (about 600 feet away); The Halifax Resolves (about 600 feet away); Ram Albemarle (approx. 0.4 miles away); John H. Eaton"Colonial Churchyard" (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
Regarding Hutchins G. Burton. The twenty-second governor of North Carolina was born in Virginia in 1774. His education was attained at the University of North Carolina. He went on to study law, was admitted to the in 1806, and then established a successful legal career. Burton first entered politics as a member of the North Carolina House of Commons, a position he held from 1809 to 1810 and 1817 to 1819. He also served as the attorney general of North Carolina from 1810 to 1816; and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1819 to 1824. Burton next won election to the governorship in 1824. He went on to win reelection annually until 1826. During his tenure, internal improvement projects were lobbied for; penal code revisions were recommended; and funding was secured to cover expenses during General Lafayette’s tour of the state. After leaving office, Burton was selected to serve as the territorial governor of Arkansas, however he never won confirmation. Governor Hutchins G. Burton passed away on April 21, 1832, and was buried in the Unity Churchyard, in Beattys Ford, North Carolina. —From the National Governors Association website
Governor Hutchins G. Burton married Willie Jones’ daughter, Sarah Wales Jones. For more on Willie Jones, see nearby marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 854 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 18, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.