|William Bradley Umstead|
|United States Senator|
from North Carolina
December 18, 1946 – December 30, 1948
|Appointed by||R. Gregg Cherry|
|Preceded by||Josiah Bailey|
|Succeeded by||J. Melville Broughton|
|63rd Governor of North Carolina|
January 8, 1953 – November 7, 1954
|Lieutenant||Luther H. Hodges|
|Preceded by||W. Kerr Scott|
|Succeeded by||Luther H. Hodges|
|Member of the|
U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 6th district
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939
|Preceded by||J. Bayard Clark|
|Succeeded by||Carl T. Durham|
|Born||May 13, 1895|
Mangum Township, Durham County, North Carolina
|Died||November 7, 1954 (aged 59)|
Durham, North Carolina
|Resting place||Mount Tabor Church Cemetery
Durham, North Carolina
|Alma mater||The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill |
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1917–1918|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
William Bradley Umstead (May 13, 1895 – November 7, 1954) was an American Senator and the 63rd Governor of the state of North Carolina from 1953 to 1954.
He was born in the northern Durham County town of Bahama in 1895. In 1916, Umstead earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Philanthropic Society.
Umstead taught high school history for approximately one school year before joining the army after the U.S. entry into World War I. He served as an officer and saw combat in France; Umstead was discharged in 1919 as a first lieutenant. He almost immediately entered law school at Trinity College (today, Duke University). Umstead was a prosecutor for most of his legal career and served as the elected solicitor (today called district attorney) for a five-county district from 1927 to 1933.
He served from 1933 to 1939 in the United States House of Representatives, choosing not to seek re-election in 1938. Umstead was chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party for several years until he was appointed to fill a vacant United States Senate seat in 1946. Defeated for a Senate term of his own in 1948, Umstead ran for governor in 1952 and won. However, on 10 January 1953, only two days after his inauguration, Umstead was crippled by a heart attack.
In June, 1954, Umstead appointed Sam Ervin to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Clyde Hoey, who had died in office.
He was constantly in ill health until his death nearly two years after his 1953 heart attack, upon which he was succeeded as governor by Luther H. Hodges. Umstead is buried in the Mount Tabor Church Cemetery in Durham, North Carolina.
William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh, North Carolina was named in his honor in 1966.
- Warner, Seth. "Governor William Bradley Umstead". http://www.umstead.org/govum.html.
- "History of William B. Umstead State Park". N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/wium/history.php.
|United States House of Representatives|
J. Bayard Clark
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 6th congressional district
March 4, 1933-January 3, 1939
Carl T. Durham
|United States Senate|
Josiah William Bailey
|U.S. Senator (Class 2) from North Carolina
December 18, 1946– December 30, 1948
Served alongside: Clyde Roark Hoey
Joseph Melville Broughton
W. Kerr Scott
|Governor of North Carolina
January 8, 1953– November 7, 1954
Luther H. Hodges
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