Shelby in Cleveland County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Clyde R. Hoey
Erected 1956 by Archives and Highway Departments. (Marker Number O-48.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Communications. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list.
Location. 35° 16.959′ N, 81° 33.34′ W. Marker is in Shelby, North Carolina, in Cleveland County. Marker is at the intersection of West Dixon Boulevard (Bypass U.S. 74) and Mark Drive, on the left when traveling west on West Dixon Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shelby NC 28152, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. W. J. Cash (approx. 0.8 miles away); O. Max Gardner (approx. 0.8 miles away); Thomas Dixon, Jr. (approx. 0.8 miles away); Don Gibson (approx. one mile away); Bobby Bell (approx. one mile away); WebbleyEarl Scruggs (approx. one mile away); Cleveland County Civil War Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelby.
Also see . . .
1. National Park Service site on Hoey House. (Submitted on October 22, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.)
2. North Carolina Office of Governor - Governors of North Carolina - Clyde Roark Hoey. (Submitted on May 19, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
1. Clyde Hoey from North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program site
Clyde R. Hoey (1877-1954) is remembered for his oratory, courtly manner, long white hair, and distinctive style of dress, replete with swallow-tail coat, striped pants, wing collar, high-topped shoes, and boutonniere. Like his predecessor J. C. B. Ehringhaus, the conservative Hoey gave priority to a balanced state budget and exhibited little enthusiasm for federal New Deal programs. Part of the “Shelby Dynasty,” Clyde R. Hoey was born in the Cleveland County town on December 11, 1877, to Confederate veteran Samuel Hoey and the former Mary Roark. At age twelve Hoey left the public schools to work as a “printer’s
In 1898, several weeks before his twenty-first birthday, Hoey was elected to the state House for the first of two terms. In 1903 he served a single term in the state Senate. From 1913 to 1919 Hoey served as assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In 1919, Hoey defeated Republican John Motley Morehead in a race for the U.S. House but he declined to seek reelection two years later. Until his bid for governor in 1936, Hoey concentrated on his law practice and worked as a lobbyist for Duke Power and other companies. In the hotly contested race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1936 Hoey, with the assistance of his brother-in-law’s political organization, defeated Ralph McDonald, A. H. Graham, and John McRae. Graham
During Hoey’s administration as governor, the state provided free textbooks for the elementary schools, increased teacher salaries, expanded the highway system, reformed child labor laws, instituted parole reforms, offered the first graduate courses at black colleges, and initiated the first advertising programs to attract tourists. The State Bureau of Investigation and the State Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control were created during his term.
In 1937 the state implemented provisions of the Social Security Act but Hoey lent his support to few of the New Deal initiatives. In a speech to the governors conference in 1937, Hoey cautioned against the loss of state authority with the increased use of federal funds. By the late 1930s the New Deal was no longer a major political force in North Carolina. Senator Josiah W. Bailey led the opposition but in time was joined by Hoey and Gardner. Liberals such as Hoey’s 1936 Democratic opponent Ralph McDonald were frustrated by the constraints within
In 1944 former Governor Hoey defeated former Governor Cameron Morrison in a race for the U.S. Senate. His election in the fall secured his place in the history books as only the second North Carolinian (after Jesse Franklin) to serve as governor and in both houses of the legislature and both houses of Congress. On May 12, 1954, the political veteran died in his Senate office in Washington; he is buried in Sunset Cemetery in Shelby.
— Submitted October 22, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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