Gabriel Holmes

Gabriel Holmes (1769 – September 26, 1829) was the 21st Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1821 to 1824. He was not affiliated with any party; a Representative from North Carolina.

Gabriel Holmes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1825 – September 26, 1829
Preceded byCharles Hooks
Succeeded byEdward Bishop Dudley
Governor of North Carolina
In office
December 7, 1821 – December 7, 1824
Preceded byJesse Franklin
Succeeded byHutchins Gordon Burton
Personal details
Born1769 (1769)
near Clinton, Province of North Carolina, British America
Died (aged 59–60)
near Clinton, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyJacksonian
Alma materHarvard University


Gabriel Holmes was born near Clinton in the Province of North Carolina in 1769. He attended Zion Parnassus Academy in Rowan County and Harvard University, studied law in Raleigh, N.C., was admitted to the bar in 1790. and commenced practice in Clinton, N.C. He served in the State House of Commons 1794 and 1795; member of the State Senate 1797–1802, 1812, and 1813; Governor of North Carolina 1821–1824; elected to the Nineteenth, Twentieth, and Twenty-first Congresses and served from March 4, 1825, until his death near Clinton, Sampson County, N.C., September 26, 1829.[1] He was Chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Twentieth Congress).

He was buried in the John Sampson Cemetery. His body was moved there on Memorial Day, 1984, by the Sampson County Historical Society.[2]

He was the father of the Confederate Lieutenant General Theophilus H. Holmes.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. IV. James T. White & Company. 1893. p. 423. Retrieved December 6, 2020 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ N.C. Archives
Political offices
Preceded by
Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by