Macon Street is named after Nathaniel Macon (born near Warrenton, North Caronlina on December 17, 1758; died June 29, 1837), who was a spokesman for the Old Republican faction of the Democratic-Republican Party that wanted to strictly limit the federal government.
Macon was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1791 to 1815, and from 1801 to 1807 he was Speaker of the House.
He was known in Congress for the amount of negative votes he cast, opposing most actions of the government.
He served in the Senate from December of 1815 until his resignation in 1828, and was president of the North Carolina Constitutional Convention of 1835.
Macon was always an intense defender of slavery.