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John Branch, Jr.

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Halifax, North Carolina, USA
Death: January 4, 1863 (80)
Enfield, Halifax, North Carolina, USA
Place of Burial: Halifax, NC, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Colonel John Branch Sr. and Rebecca Branch
Husband of Elizabeth "Eliza" Branch
Father of Mary Eliza Bailey (Branch); nn Branch; Susan Branch; John Richard Branch; William Henry Branch and 5 others
Brother of Martha Whitaker; Joseph Branch and Patience Southall

Managed by: Michael Joseph Gerst
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About Gov. John Branch Jr.,

John Branch, Jr. (November 4, 1782 – January 3, 1863) served as U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Navy, the 19th Governor of the state of North Carolina, and was the sixth and last territorial governor of Florida.

Branch was born in Halifax County, North Carolina, on November 4, 1782, the son of wealthy landowners. Educated at the University of North Carolina, he occupied himself as a planter and civic leader. Branch served in the North Carolina Senate from 1811 to 1817 and was the state's Governor from 1817 to 1820. After further service in the state Senate, he represented North Carolina in the United States Senate from 1823 until 1829 and was a strong supporter of Andrew Jackson.

When Jackson became President, he selected Branch as his Secretary of the Navy. In that post, Branch promoted several reforms in the Navy's policies and administration, many of which were not implemented until years later. He reduced the resources going to the construction of new ships, while increasing those applied to keeping existing vessels in good repair. Branch also sent the frigate USS Potomac to the Far East to punish the murderers of a U.S. merchant ship's crew and to generally promote and protect American commerce in the region.

John Branch resigned as Secretary in 1831, during the Petticoat affair. He was elected in that year to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Jacksonian and later to North Carolina state political offices. In the mid-1830s, he moved to Leon County, Florida, where he lived for much of the next decade-and-a-half on his Live Oak Plantation. In 1844, President John Tyler appointed him Florida's territorial governor until the 1845 election of a governor under the state constitution. Branch returned to North Carolina in the early 1850s, remaining there until his death on January 4, 1863.

Branch is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Enfield, North Carolina.

Branch was an uncle of the Confederate General Lawrence O'Bryan Branch.

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Birth: Nov. 4, 1782

Death: Jan. 3, 1863

US Congressman, Presidential Cabinet Member, North Carolina Governor, US Senator. Elected to represent North Carolina's 5th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1831 to 1833. Also served as a Member of the North Carolina State Senate in 1811, 1813 to 1817, and 1834, Governor of North Carolina from 1817 to 1820, Federal Judge in 1822, United States Senator from North Carolina from 1823 to 1829, United States Secretary of the Navy from 1829 to 1831, Delegate to the North Carolina State Constitutional Convention in 1835, and Governor of Florida Territory from 1844 to 1845. (bio by: K)

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  • James Branch (____ - 1839)*
  • Martha Lewis Branch Bradford (1806 - 1892)*
  • Margaret Branch Donelson (1811 - 1871)*
  • Mary Eliza Branch Bailey (1815 - 1858)*

Burial: Elmwood Cemetery Enfield Halifax County North Carolina, USA

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Gov. John Branch Jr.,'s Timeline

November 4, 1782
Halifax, North Carolina, USA
September 29, 1806
Age 23
Enfield, Halifax, North Carolina, USA
August 25, 1808
Age 25
North Carolina, USA
August 25, 1808
Age 25
North Carolina, USA
August 4, 1811
Age 28
Halifax, North Carolina, USA
November 17, 1812
Age 30
North Carolina, USA
February 14, 1814
Age 31
North Carolina, USA
July 21, 1815
Age 32
Halifax County, North Carolina, United States
September 28, 1819
Age 36
Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA