North Carolina-Alexander County-January 6

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-January 6
I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

I will use 100 of the 366 posts to profile each of North Carolina’s 100 hundred counties. I want to learn something new or unique about each of them. I will take them on alphabetically doing two each week. Today I start with Alexander County.

Alexander County

Alexander County has a population of less than 40,000 with its county seat being Taylorsville, NC. Taylorsville is the namesake of either John Louis Taylor, Carolina agriculturist and political philosopher, or General Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States.

Zachary Taylor -12th President of the United States

Zachary Taylor

On July 9, 1850, after only 16 months in office, President Zachary Taylor dies after a brief illness. The exact cause of his death is still disputed by some historians.

What we do know is that he laid on his deathbed for several days before passing.

zachary taylor death bed

On a scorching Fourth of July in Washington, D.C., Taylor attended festivities at the newly dedicated grounds upon which the Washington Monument would be erected. According to several sources, Taylor gulped down a large quantity of cherries and iced milk and then returned to the White House, where he quenched his thirst with several glasses of water.

Outbreaks of cholera, a deadly disease caused by bacteria, occurred frequently during the summer months in hot, humid Washington during the 1800s, when sewage systems were primitive at best. The bacteria were mostly likely present in the water or iced milk Taylor drank, though other sources have claimed that Taylor died of gastroenteritis caused by the highly acidic cherries combined with fresh milk.

Let’s get back to Alexander County, NC

When the Civil War began in 1861 Alexander County was just 14 years old.  The population of the county was just under 6,000 at the start of the war. In 1847, Alexander County was annexed from Iredell, Wilkes, and Caldwell counties by the North Carolina legislature.

Appears that the most famous people to come out of Alexander County were NASCAR Driver Harry Gant.

harry gant

Harry Gant during the NASCAR Legends UARA Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 21, 2009 in Bristol, Tennessee.

The other famous person is Harry Deal who is actual the lead singer of a beach music band called Harry Deal and the Galaxies.

harry deal

They had a big hit called:

“I’m Up For Getting Down Tonite”.

Found them on YouTube performing “I still love you”

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