Monday, June 21, 2010

Zebulon Baird Vance (1830-1894) Marker

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Inscription: In Honor of Zebulon Baird Vance, Confederate Soldier, War Governor U.S. Senator, Orator, Statesman. May 13, 1830 [Wreath and Flag Emblem] April 14, 1894. This tablet is placed by Asheville Chapter U.D.C. 1938. Location. 35° 35.702? N, 82° 33.089? W. Marker is in Asheville, North Carolina, in Buncombe County. Marker is on Biltmore Avenue (U.S. 25) near Patton Avenue (U.S. 74E), on the right when traveling north. Located at Pack Square. Marker is in this post office area: Asheville NC 28801, United States of America.

Source: The Historical Marker Database

The following is from The Heritage of Old Buncombe County, Doris Cline Ward, Editor (1981) at 84 (Article #65, "Zebulon Baird Vance" by Luther W. Shaw):

Zebulon Baird Vance, whose handsome portrait hangs in the Superior Courtroom of Buncombe County Courthouse, was North Carolina's Civil War governor. Born on Reems Creek May 13, 1830, Vance attended Newton Academy and the University of North Carolina. He began law practice in Asheville in May 1852. Two years later, he was named Buncombe's representative to the N. C. House of Commons and during 1856-1860 served in the U. S. House of Representatives. A captain and colonel in the Confederate Army in 1861, Vance was governor of North Carolina from 1862-1865 and again in 1876. He was elected U. S. Senator from North Carolina on March 4, 1879 and served until April 14, 1894, when he died in Washington, D. C. He is buried in Asheville's Riverside Cemetery. The adjacent portrait was done in 1884 by J. A. Janus.

Two years after Vance’s death in 1894, George W. Pack donated $2,000 to help pay for a monument to Vance. By 1898 it was complete.


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