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5 Fun Facts About November 29 In North Carolina History

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1. North Carolina became a British colony in 1663 after King Charles II granted the land to eight nobles known as the Lords Proprietors. The territory included what is now known as North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and parts of Florida.

2. On November 29, 1775, Richard Caswell became the first governor of North Carolina. Caswell was a prominent figure in the American Revolution and went on to serve as governor for three separate terms.

3. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was founded on November 29, 1789, making it the oldest public university in the United States. The university has produced many prominent figures in politics, athletics, and the arts.

4. In 1864, during the American Civil War, Union troops led by William T. Sherman captured the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina. The capture of Fayetteville was part of Sherman's march through the Carolinas, which aimed to destroy Confederate supplies and infrastructure.

5. On November 29, 1911, Josephus Daniels became the first North Carolinian to be appointed to a cabinet position. President Woodrow Wilson appointed Daniels as Secretary of the Navy, a position he held until 1921. Daniels was a prominent figure in North Carolina politics and owned the Raleigh News & Observer newspaper.
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