List of United States Senators from North Carolina

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North Carolina ratified the Constitution on November 21, 1789, after the beginning of the 1st Congress. Its current senators are Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Richard Burr.

Class 2[edit source | edit]

Class 2 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for two Congresses in the first election of 1788/1789 and whose seats in recent years are contested in 1996, 2002, 2008, and will be contested in 2014.

#SenatorPartyYearsCongressTermElectoral history
1NC-Congress-SamuelJohnston.JPG Samuel JohnstonPro-
Administration
November 27, 1789 –
March 4, 1793
11Elected in 1789

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2
2NCG-AlexanderMartin.jpg Alexander MartinAnti-
Administration
March 4, 1793 –
March 4, 1799
32Elected in 1793

Lost re-election
Democratic-
Republican
4
5
3Jesse FranklinDemocratic-
Republican
March 4, 1799 –
March 4, 1805
63Elected in 1799

Lost re-election
7
8
4James TurnerDemocratic-
Republican
March 4, 1805 –
November 21, 1816
94Elected in 1804
10
11
125Re-elected in 1810

Resigned due to ill health
13
14
VacantNovember 21, 1816 –
December 4, 1816
5NCG-MontfortStokes.jpg Montfort StokesDemocratic-
Republican
December 4, 1816 –
March 4, 1823
Elected to finish Turner's term
156Elected to full term in 1816

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16
17
6JohnBranch2.jpg John BranchCrawford
Republican
March 4, 1823 –
March 9, 1829
187Elected in 1822
Jacksonian19
20
218Re-elected in 1828

Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of the Navy
VacantMarch 9, 1829 –
December 9, 1829
7BedfordBrown.jpg Bedford BrownDemocraticDecember 9, 1829 –
November 16, 1840
21
(Continued)
Elected to finish Branch's term
22
23
249Re-elected in 1835

Resigned[1]
25
26
VacantNovember 16, 1840 –
November 25, 1840
8Willie p magnum.jpg Willie MangumWhigNovember 25, 1840 –
March 4, 1853
26
(Continued)
Elected to finish Brown's term
2710Elected in 1841
28
29
3011Re-elected in 1847

Lost re-election
31
32
VacantMarch 4, 1853 –
December 6, 1854
3312Legislature failed to elect
9David ReidDemocraticDecember 6, 1854 –
March 4, 1859
33
(Continued)
Elected to finish vacant term

Lost re-election
34
35
10Thomas Bragg 1.jpg Thomas BraggDemocraticMarch 4, 1859 –
July 11, 1861
3613Elected in 1858

Resigned and expelled for his support for the Confederate States
37
VacantJuly 11, 1861 –
July 14, 1868
37
(Continued)
Civil War and Reconstruction
38
3914
40
11Joseph Carter Abbott - Brady-Handy.jpg Joseph AbbottRepublicanJuly 14, 1868 –
March 4, 1871
40
(Continued)
Elected in 1868 to finish vacant term

Lost renomination
41
VacantMarch 4, 1871 –
January 30, 1872
4215Legislature failed to elect
12Matt Whitaker Ransom - Brady-Handy.jpg Matt W. RansomDemocraticJanuary 30, 1872 –
March 4, 1895
42
(Continued)
Elected to finish vacant term
43
44
4516Re-elected in 1876
46
47
4817Re-elected in 1883
49
50
5118Re-elected in 1889

Lost re-election
52
53
13NC-Congress-MarionButler.jpg Marion ButlerPopulistMarch 4, 1895 –
March 4, 1901
5419Elected in 1894

Lost re-election
55
56
14Furnifold McLendel Simmons.jpg Furnifold M. SimmonsDemocraticMarch 4, 1901 –
March 4, 1931
5720Elected in 1900
58
59
6021Re-elected in 1906
61
62
6322Re-elected in 1912
64
65
6623Re-elected in 1918
67
68
6924Re-elected in 1924

Lost renomination
70
71
15Josiah Bailey.jpg Josiah BaileyDemocraticMarch 4, 1931 –
December 15, 1946
7225Elected in 1930
73
74
7526Re-elected in 1936
76
77
7827Re-elected in 1942

Died
79
VacantDecember 15, 1946 –
December 18, 1946
16William Bradley Umstead.jpg William B. UmsteadDemocraticDecember 18, 1946 –
December 30, 1948
79
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Bailey's term

Lost election to finish Bailey's term
80
17Melville Broughton.jpg J. Melville BroughtonDemocraticDecember 31, 1948 –
March 6, 1949
80
(Continued)
Elected to finish Bailey's term
8128Elected to full term in 1948

Died
VacantMarch 6, 1949 –
March 29, 1949
18Frank Porter Graham.jpg Frank GrahamDemocraticMarch 29, 1949 –
November 26, 1950
Appointed to continue Broughton's term

Lost nomination to finish Broughton's term
19Willissmith.JPG Willis SmithDemocraticNovember 27, 1950 –
June 26, 1953
82
(Continued)
Elected to finish Broughton's term

Died
82
83
VacantJune 26, 1953 –
July 10, 1953
20Alton Lennon.jpg Alton A. LennonDemocraticJuly 10, 1953 –
November 28, 1954
Appointed to continue Smith's term

Lost nomination to finish Smith's term
21S000187.jpg W. Kerr ScottDemocraticNovember 29, 1954 –
April 16, 1958
Elected to finish Smith's term
8429Elected to full term in 1954

Died
85
VacantApril 16, 1958 –
April 19 1958
22B. Everett Jordan.jpg B. Everett JordanDemocraticApril 19 1958 –
January 3, 1973
85
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Scott's term

Elected to finish Scott's term
86
8730Re-elected in 1960
88
89
9031Re-elected in 1966

Lost renomination
91
92
23JesseHelms.jpg Jesse HelmsRepublicanJanuary 3, 1973 –
January 3, 2003
9332Elected in 1972
94
95
9633Re-elected in 1978
97
98
9934Re-elected in 1984
100
101
10235Re-elected in 1990
103
104
10536Re-elected in 1996

Retired
106
107
24Elizabeth Dole official photo.jpg Elizabeth DoleRepublicanJanuary 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2009
10837Elected in 2002

Lost re-election
109
110
25Kay Hagan official photo.jpg Kay HaganDemocraticJanuary 3, 2009 –
Present
11138Elected in 2008
112
113

Class 3[edit source | edit]

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for three Congresses in the first election of 1788/1789 and whose seats in recent years are contested in 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010, and will be contested in 2016.

#SenatorPartyYearsCongressTermElectoral history
1NC-Congress-BenjaminHawkins.jpg Benjamin HawkinsPro-
Administration
November 27, 1789 –
March 4, 1795
11Elected in 1789

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2
Anti-
Administration
3
2Timothy BloodworthDemocratic-
Republican
March 4, 1795 –
March 4, 1801
42Elected in 1795

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5
6
3NC-Congress-DavidStone.jpg David StoneDemocratic-
Republican
March 4, 1801 –
February 17, 1807[2]
73Elected in 1800

Resigned to return to the State Superior Court
8
9
VacantFebruary 17, 1807[2]
March 4, 1807
4Jesse FranklinDemocratic-
Republican
March 4, 1807 –
March 4, 1813
104Elected in 1806

Retired
11
12
5NC-Congress-DavidStone.jpg David StoneDemocratic-
Republican
March 4, 1813 –
December 24, 1814
135Elected in 1813

Resigned
VacantDecember 24, 1814 –
December 1814
6Francis LockeDemocratic-
Republican
December 1814 –
December 5, 1815
13
(Continued)
Elected to finish Stone's term

Resigned without having qualified
14
VacantDecember 5, 1815 –
December 13, 1815
7NC-Congress-NathanielMacon.jpg Nathaniel MaconDemocratic-
Republican
December 13, 1815 –
November 14, 1828
14
(Continued)
Elected to finish Locke's term
15
166Elected to full term in 1819
17
Crawford
Republican
18
Jacksonian197Re-elected in 1825

Resigned
20
VacantNovember 14, 1828 –
December 15, 1828
8James Iredell, Jr.JacksonianDecember 15, 1828 –
March 4, 1831
20
(Continued)
Elected to finish Macon's term

Retired
21
9Willie p magnum.jpg Willie MangumJacksonianMarch 4, 1831 –
March 19, 1836
228Elected in 1830

Resigned
Anti-Jacksonian23
24
VacantMarch 19, 1836 –
December 5, 1836
10NC-Congress-RogerStrange.jpg Robert StrangeJacksonianDecember 5, 1836 –
November 16, 1840
24
(Continued)
Elected to finish Mangum's term
Democratic259Elected to full term in 1836

Resigned[1]
26
VacantNovember 16, 1840 –
November 25, 1840
11William Alexander Graham - Brady-Handy.jpg William Alexander GrahamWhigNovember 25, 1840 –
March 4, 1843
26
(Continued)
Elected to finish Strange's term

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27
12NC-Congress-WilliamHenryHaywoodJr.jpg William H. Haywood, Jr.DemocraticMarch 4, 1843 –
July 25, 1846
2810Elected in 1843

Resigned[1]
29
VacantJuly 25, 1846 –
November 25, 1846
13GEBadger-portrait.jpg George BadgerWhigNovember 25, 1846 –
March 4, 1855
29
(Continued)
Elected to finish Haywood's term
30
3111Re-elected in 1849

Retired
32
33
14NC-Congress-AsaBiggs.jpg Asa BiggsDemocraticMarch 4, 1855 –
May 5, 1858
3412Elected in 1855

Resigned to become U.S. District Court Judge
35
VacantMay 5, 1858 –
May 7, 1858
15Thomas Lanier Clingman - Brady-Handy.jpg Thomas ClingmanDemocraticMay 7, 1858 –
March 11, 1861
35
(Continued)
Appointed to finish Biggs's term
36
3713Elected to full term in 1861

Resigned,
and subsequently expelled for support of the Confederate States
VacantMarch 11, 1861 –
July 14, 1868
37
(Continued)
Civil War and Reconstruction
38
39
4014
16John Pool-photograph.jpeg John PoolRepublicanJuly 14, 1868 –
March 4, 1873
40
(Continued)
Elected to finish vacant term

Retired
41
42
17Augustus Merrimon.jpg Augustus MerrimonDemocraticMarch 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1879
4315Elected in 1872

Lost re-election
44
45
18Zebulon VanceDemocraticMarch 4, 1879 –
April 14, 1894
4616Elected in 1879
47
48
4917Re-elected in 1884
50
51
5218Re-elected in 1892

Died
VacantApril 14, 1894 –
April 19, 1894
19ThomasJordanJarvis.jpg Thomas J. JarvisDemocraticApril 19, 1894 –
January 23, 1895
Appointed to continue Vance's term

Successor qualified
20Jeter Connelly Pritchard.jpg Jeter PritchardRepublicanJanuary 23, 1895 –
March 4, 1903
52
(Continued)
Elected to finish Vance's term
53
54
5519Elected to full term in 1897

Lost re-election
56
57
21Lee salter overman.jpg Lee S. OvermanDemocraticMarch 4, 1903 –
December 12, 1930
5820Elected in 1903
59
60
6121Re-elected in 1909
62
63
6422Re-elected in 1914
65
66
6723Re-elected in 1920
68
69
7024Re-elected in 1926

Died
71
22Cameron A. Morrison.jpg Cameron A. MorrisonDemocraticDecember 13, 1930 –
December 4, 1932
71
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Overman's term

Lost election to finish Overman's term
72
23Robert Rice Reynolds.jpg Robert ReynoldsDemocraticDecember 5, 1932 –
January 3, 1945
72
(Continued)
Elected to finish Overman's term
7325Elected to full term in 1932
74
75
7626Re-elected in 1938

Retired
77
78
24Clyde Hoey.jpg Clyde R. HoeyDemocraticJanuary 3, 1945 –
May 12, 1954
7927Elected in 1944
80
81
8228Re-elected in 1950

Died
83
VacantMay 12, 1954 –
June 5, 1954
25Sam Ervin.jpg Sam ErvinDemocraticJune 5, 1954 –
December 31, 1974
83
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Hoey's term
Elected to finish Hoey's term
84
8529Re-elected in 1956
86
87
8830Re-elected in 1962
89
90
9131Re-elected in 1968

Retired and resigned early
92
93
VacantDecember 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
93
(Continued)
26M000956.jpg Robert B. MorganDemocraticJanuary 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1981
9432Elected in 1974

Lost re-election
95
96
27John Porter East.jpg John P. EastRepublicanJanuary 3, 1981 –
June 29, 1986
9733Elected in 1980

Died
98
99
VacantJune 29, 1986 –
July 14, 1986
28James Broyhill.jpg James T. BroyhillRepublicanJuly 14, 1986 –
November 4, 1986
Appointed to continue East's term

Lost election to finish East's term
29Terry Sanford.jpg Terry SanfordDemocraticNovember 5, 1986 –
January 3, 1993
99
(Continued)
Elected to finish East's term
10034Elected to full term in 1986

Lost re-election
101
102
30Lauch Faircloth.jpg Lauch FairclothRepublicanJanuary 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1999
10335Elected in 1992

Lost re-election
104
105
31John Edwards, official Senate photo portrait.jpg John EdwardsDemocraticJanuary 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2005
10636Elected in 1998

Retired to run for U.S. President
107
108
32Richard Burr official photo.jpg Richard BurrRepublicanJanuary 3, 2005 –
Present
10937Elected in 2004
110
111
11238Re-elected in 2010
113
114

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ a b c Resigned rather than disobey instructions from the N.C. General Assembly
  2. ^ a b This date is approximate. Stone's resignation letter was read on February 17, but it could have been delivered on as early as February 11, 1807, according to the Annals of Congress (pages 66 to 68).

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