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Zebulon Baird Vance
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United States Senator
from North Carolina
In office
March 4, 1879 – April 14, 1894
Preceded by Augustus S. Merrimon
Succeeded by Thomas J. Jarvis
37th and 43rd Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 1, 1877 – February 5, 1879
Lieutenant Thomas J. Jarvis
Preceded by Curtis H. Brogden
Succeeded by Thomas J. Jarvis
In office
September 8, 1862 – May 29, 1865
Preceded by Henry T. Clark
Succeeded by William W. Holden
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 8th district
In office
December 7, 1858 – March 3, 1861
Preceded by Thomas L. Clingman
Succeeded by Robert B. Vance
Personal details
Born (1830-05-13)May 13, 1830
Weaverville, North Carolina
Died April 14, 1894(1894-04-14) (aged 63)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Whig/American (pre-Civil War)
Conservative Party of NC (c. 1862–1872)
Democratic (1872–1894)
Spouse(s) Harriette Vance
Children 4
Education Washington College Academy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Profession Lawyer, Colonel, Politician

Zebulon Baird Vance (May 13, 1830 – April 14, 1894) was a Confederate military officer in the American Civil War, the 37th and 43rd Governor of North Carolina, and U.S. Senator. A prolific writer, Vance became one of the most influential Southern leaders of the Civil War and postbellum periods. As a leader of the "New South", Vance favored the rapid modernization of the Southern economy, railroad expansion, school construction, and reconciliation with the North.

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