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Harlan E. Boyles was a politician and public servant in North Carolina, who served as North Carolina State Treasurer from January 1977 to January 2001.


Boyles, Harlan Edward was born on May 6, 1929 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, United States. Son of Curtis E. and Kate S. Boyles.


He attended the University of Georgia and then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned an accounting degree in 1951.


As a boy, Boyles was afflicted with polio. Boyles went to work for the state, first in the state Department of Revenue and later for the Tax Study Commission. For sixteen years, he was Deputy State Treasurer for Treasurer Edwin M. Gill.

He was re-elected in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996, for a total of twenty-four years in office. He did not seek re-election in 2000. North Carolina maintained its AAA cr rating, saving the state's taxpayers millions of dollars in interest." Boyles died of cancer at his home in Raleigh on January 23, 2003.


  • When Gill retired, Boyles ran for the office as a Democrat in the 1976 election and won. According to an obituary, Boyles "won universal respect for his conservative approach to the handling of state money and his wise counsel to governors and legislative leaders.


Member of advisory board Raleigh Salvation Army. Chairman Local Government Commission. Chairman.State Banking Commission, Tax Review Board.

Member State Board Education, State Board Community Colls., North Carolina Capital Planning Commission, others Member North Carolina Association Certified Public Accountants, National Association State Auditors, Comptrs. and Treasurer (past president, executive director), Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (past board directors), North Carolina State Employees Association, North Carolina Young Democrats Club, Executives of Raleigh Club (past president), Rotary (past president).


Married Frankie Wilder, May 17, 1952. Children– Phyllis Godwin, Lynn Boyles Butler, Harlan Edward Junior.

Curtis E.

Kate S. Boyles

Frankie Wilder

Phyllis Godwin Boyles

Lynn Boyles Butler Boyles

Harlan Edward Junior Boyles