by Dr. Troy Kickler
Senior Fellow and Managing Director, North Carolina History Curriculum Project
October 31, 1765 | Sons of Liberty protested the Stamp Act in Wilmington. It was a mock funeral of an effigy, “Liberty.” Before the protestors buried it, someone joyfully exclaimed that Liberty still had a pulse and lived.
November 2, 1795 | James K. Polk was born near modern-day Charlotte in Mecklenburg County. He became the eleventh president of the United States. Although he was a controversial figure, he accomplished all his major presidential goals.
November 3, 1835 | Elisha Mitchell, a professor at UNC, declared that a peak in the Black Mountains as the tallest mountain in the state. It became known as Mount Mitchell (6,684 feet). In 1915, it became the North Carolina’s first state park.