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Thomas Walter Bickett

Born: Feb 28, 1869

Death: Dec 28, 1921

Birthplace: Monroe

Nationality: United States

Thomas Walter Bickett

Date of Birth : Feb 28, 1869
Date of Death : Dec 28, 1921
Birth Place : Monroe

Thomas Walter Bickett was the 54th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1917 to 1921. He was born in Monroe, North Carolina. Bickett was a graduate of Wake Forest College. Prior to being elected Governor, Bickett practiced law in Louisburg, represented Franklin County in the North Carolina General Assembly and then served as North Carolina Attorney General for two terms. In 1916, Bickett became the first state governor who was nominated by means of a Democratic Party primary election. Under Bickett's leadership, the state saw improvements in child welfare, public health, electricity, and running water. He persuaded the legislature to establish the state's first income tax. He also had to lead the state through World War I. Walter Bickett Elementary in Monroe, NC is named for him.

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