Elijah Longstreet Daughtridge was born in Edgecombe County near Rocky Mount in 1863. He was the son of William Mitchell Daughtridge and Della Williford. His formal education included Bingham School in Mebane, NC in 1881 – 82. A successful merchant and agri-businessman, he was founder and President of Daughtridge Supply Company and Planters Oil and Fertilizer Company. Active in politics at the local and state level, Daughtridge served as Alderman and Vice-Recorder of Rocky Mount, as Edgecombe County Commissioner and as member of the Legislature from Edgecombe County. In keeping with his farming & agricultural heritage, Daughtridge served on the State Board of Agriculture, the Board of Trustees of A & M College (now NC State), and as President of the State Fair Commission. In the NC House of Representatives he authored a bill that created the NC Department of Agriculture. In 1913, he was a member of the American Commission that visited Europe to study cooperative agriculture, rural credits and country life. The data from the Commission’s study became the basis of the Federal Land Bank Program. Daughtridge went on to serve as Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina from 1913 through 1917.
Inducted into Hall of Fame 2014