Thomas Walter Bickett
|54th Governor of North Carolina|
January 11, 1917 – January 12, 1921
|Lieutenant||Oliver Max Gardner|
|Preceded by||Locke Craig|
|Succeeded by||Cameron A. Morrison|
|Attorney General of North Carolina|
|Governor||William Walton Kitchin|
|Preceded by||Robert D. Gilmer|
|Succeeded by||James S. Manning|
|Member of the North Carolina General Assembly|
Thomas Walter Bickett
February 28, 1869
Monroe, North Carolina
|Died||December 28, 1921 (aged 52)|
Raleigh, North Carolina
|Alma mater||Wake Forest University|
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 (1909–1917).
In 1916, Bickett became the first state governor who was nominated by means of a Democratic Party primary election (in which he defeated Lt. Gov. Elijah L. Daughtridge). 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, North Carolina (where he was born) is named for him. Two school locations have his name. The original Walter Bickett School opened in March 1922 on Lancaster Avenue as Monroe High School, the city's first high school, and was named "sometime later" for Bickett. It remained a high school until the present Monroe High School was built in 1960, and was replaced in 2003 with a new Walter Bickett Elementary. The older building became Walter Bickett Pre-K Education Center.
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- News & Observer Archived 2013-10-30 at the Wayback Machine
- Sell, Donna H.; Cooper, Bill (1992-11-23). "History of Monroe High School". Union County Public Schools. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
- "Monroe City Schools Were Chartered in 1901". The Enquirer-Journal. April 1972. p. 6E.
- "Bickett Re-use outlined". The Enquirer-Journal. February 6, 2003.
- "Walter Bickett Ed Center earns a five-star rating". The Enquirer-Journal. October 15, 2006.
Robert D. Gilmer
| Attorney General of North Carolina
James S. Manning
| Governor of North Carolina
Cameron A. Morrison
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