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William B. Umstead

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William Bradley Umstead
William Bradley Umstead.jpg
United States Senator
from North Carolina
In office
December 18, 1946 – December 30, 1948
Appointed byR. Gregg Cherry
Preceded byJosiah Bailey
Succeeded byJ. Melville Broughton
63rd Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 8, 1953 – November 7, 1954
LieutenantLuther H. Hodges
Preceded byW. Kerr Scott
Succeeded byLuther H. Hodges
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939
Preceded byJ. Bayard Clark
Succeeded byCarl T. Durham
Personal details
BornMay 13, 1895
Mangum Township, Durham County, North Carolina
DiedNovember 7, 1954 (aged 59)
Durham, North Carolina
Resting placeMount Tabor Church Cemetery Durham, North Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Trinity College
ProfessionLaw
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1917–1918
Rank
US-O2 insignia.svg
First Lieutenant
Battles/warsWorld War I

William Bradley Umstead (May 13, 1895 – November 7, 1954) was an American Senator and the 63rd Governor of the state of North Carolina from 1953 to 1954.

He was born in the northern Durham County town of Bahama in 1895. In 1916, Umstead earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Philanthropic Society.

Umstead taught high school history for approximately one school year before joining the army after the U.S. entry into World War I. He served as an officer and saw combat in France; Umstead was discharged in 1919 as a first lieutenant. He almost immediately entered law school at Trinity College (today, Duke University). Umstead was a prosecutor for most of his legal career and served as the elected solicitor (today called district attorney) for a five-county district from 1927 to 1933.

He served from 1933 to 1939 in the United States House of Representatives, choosing not to seek re-election in 1938. Umstead was chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party for several years until he was appointed to fill a vacant United States Senate seat in 1946. Defeated for a Senate term of his own in 1948, Umstead ran for governor in 1952 and won. However, on 10 January 1953, only two days after his inauguration, Umstead was crippled by a heart attack.

In June, 1954, Umstead appointed Sam Ervin to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Clyde Hoey, who had died in office.

He was constantly in ill health until his death nearly two years after his 1953 heart attack, upon which he was succeeded as governor by Luther H. Hodges.[1] Umstead is buried in the Mount Tabor Church Cemetery in Durham, North Carolina.

William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh, North Carolina was named in his honor in 1966.[2]

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so we got to see some of the legislative side of our North Carolina treasures but now we get to come out doors to one of the most visited parks in North Carolina Umstead Park now let's see exactly how we can get around in one of these guys you say you're from the mountains yeah where Asheville okay great that's a neat place I went to school up in Boone really really loved it App State yep Appalachian State and then my mother's family is from originally from Marion North Carolina we'll have a variety of just educational displays around this is one of our older ones this guy it was kind of interesting of the natural foods that do grow and typically with it being a state park yet we would encourage people to leave the meat of the food here for the animals and everything but it's also just it's interesting to learn about yes so it was built was it in the late 30s early 40s but it was built in two different areas we've got the entrance on this side off of Glenwood and highway 70 and this was called the Crabtree Creek entrance and the entire place was called the Crabtree Creek Recreation demonstration area but there's also the Reedy Creek side of the park which is off of Harrison Avenue and interstate 40 and during segregation the park was actually split into two separate parks the African American side was over at Reedy Creek and the white side was here on Crabtree when everything was desegregated it was reunited as one Park and that's when it became named William B Umstead State Park we're up to about 5,700 acres now right in the middle of Raleigh and Cary in the Triangle area 5,700 that's amazing yeah it's a big place I've always just liked the spot everybody likes looking at water and being up above it's always just kind of cool within about 15 miles of here there was a very large trading area for some of the Native American tribes who lived in the area over near Falls Lake was actually a big meeting place and market place and so we do know there were a lot of tribes that sort of lived in the area it's cool that Falls like though you can still find arrowheads and chips and stuff from where they were making different tools that's always been really neat we get a bunch of kids out here especially in the summer times we'll take them out fishing and one of our lakes nearby is real good for it cause they're little panfish well we got fox in the park but there's one who's figured out that there's usually leftover food at a couple of our picnic shelters and every night you can see him he'll come out and he'll just make his way past all the picnic table that's just kind of cool because usually usually they're pretty shy and pretty hard to see but that one has found food and it's yeah very comfortable around people now there's something just so peaceful and serene about this area it's almost healing to the soul just to have a moment where you can just listen to your thoughts and calm your mind especially when you're in the middle of such a big city like Raleigh our capital city it's definitely somewhere to come and visit whenever you're in the area

References

  1. ^ Warner, Seth. "Governor William Bradley Umstead".
  2. ^ "History of William B. Umstead State Park". N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

External links

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Bayard Clark
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1933-January 3, 1939
Succeeded by
Carl T. Durham
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Josiah William Bailey
 U.S. Senator (Class 2) from North Carolina
December 18, 1946– December 30, 1948
Served alongside: Clyde Roark Hoey
Succeeded by
Joseph Melville Broughton
Political offices
Preceded by
W. Kerr Scott
Governor of North Carolina
January 8, 1953– November 7, 1954
Succeeded by
Luther H. Hodges
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