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James Turner
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Birth: Dec. 20, 1766
Southampton County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jan. 15, 1824
Warren County
North Carolina, USA

Governor Turner was born in Southampton County, Va.; his family moved to Warren County, NC in 1770. Raised in a family of farmers, Turner served in the North Carolina Militia during the American Revolutionary War in 1780. He served under Nathaniel Greene alongside Nathaniel Macon, with whom he formed a lasting friendship and political alliance.

In 1798, Turner was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons, he served there from 1799 to 1800, and served in the NC Senate from 1801 to 1802. In 1802 the General Assembly elected John Baptista Ashe governor, but he died before he could assume office; Turner was chosen in his place and sworn in on 5 December 1802. He served the constitutional limit of three one-year terms and, at the end of this time as governor, was named to the U.S. Senate.

Turner served as senator for eleven years, re-elected to a second term in 1811 and resigning due to ill health in 1816. During this time in office, he supported the administration of James Madison during the War of 1812.

Turner was married three times; first to Marian Anderson in 1793 (they had four children), then to Ann Chocran in 1802, with no children, and finally to Elizabeth Johnston in 1810(resulting in two children). Turner died in 1824 and is buried on his "Bloomsbury" plantation in Warren County. In addition to Bloomsbury, he owned a second home, "Oakland", in Vance County. 
 
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 Children:
  Rebecca Turner Badger (____ - 1823)*
  Daniel Turner (1796 - 1860)*
  Sally Park Turner Alexander (1811 - 1889)*
  Mary Ann Turner Coleman (1814 - 1857)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bloomsbury Plantation
Ridgeway
Warren County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: P. Bible
Record added: Dec 18, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23466483
James Turner
Added by: Linda Dohanos Smith
 
James Turner
Added by: Linda Dohanos Smith
 
James Turner
Added by: P. Bible
 
 
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- Linda Dohanos Smith
 Added: Dec. 27, 2015
Portrait is actually Samuel Price Carson, (1798-1838), of McDowell County, Pleasant Gardens, NC, and is not former NC Gov. James Turner.
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 19, 2015

- Lettie Kirby
 Added: Sep. 28, 2011
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