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Matt Whitaker Ransom
Birth: Oct. 8, 1826
Death: Oct. 8, 1904

Senator from North Carolina. Attended a private academy; graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1847; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Warrenton, N.C.; presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1852; attorney general of North Carolina 1852-1855, when he resigned; member, State house of commons 1858-1861; peace commissioner to the Provisional Congress at Montgomery, Ala., in 1861; entered the Confederate Army and served throughout the Civil War, attaining the rank of major general; moved to Weldon, N.C., in 1866; planter and lawyer; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1872 to fill the vacancy in the term commencing March 4, 1871; reelected in 1876, 1883, and 1889 and served from January 30, 1872, to March 3, 1895; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Fifty-third Congress; chairman, Committee on Commerce (Forty-sixth and Fifty-third Congresses), Committee on Railroads (Forty-sixth Congress), Committee on Private Land Claims (Forty-ninth through Fifty-second Congresses); United States Minister to Mexico 1895-1897; engaged in agricultural pursuits. Interment in the private burying ground on his estate, ?Verona,?near Weldon, Halifax County, N.C.  (bio by: Marko) 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Ransom (1797 - 1866)
  Priscilla Coffield Whitaker Ransom (1800 - 1848)
 
 Spouse:
  Martha Ann Exum Ransom (1830 - 1918)*
 
 Children:
  Matt Whitaker Ransom (1854 - 1919)*
  Joseph Exum Ransom (1857 - 1938)*
  Robert Ransom (1860 - 1933)*
  Thomas R Ransom (1863 - 1890)*
  Patrick Exum Ransom (1867 - 1943)*
  George E Ransom (1870 - 1929)*
  Esther Exum Ransom (1872 - 1933)*
 
 Siblings:
  Seymourosa Priscilla Ransom (1823 - 1832)*
  Matt Whitaker Ransom (1826 - 1904)
  Robert Ransom (1828 - 1892)*
  Betsey Coffield Ransom (1838 - 1839)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Ransom Family Cemetery
Jackson
Northampton County
North Carolina, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 16, 2000
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