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 Matt Whitaker Ransom

Matt Whitaker Ransom

Birth
Warren County, North Carolina, USA
Death 8 Oct 1904 (aged 78)
Garysburg, Northampton County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Jackson, Northampton County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 11057 · View Source
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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.

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  • Added: 16 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11057
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Matt Whitaker Ransom (8 Oct 1826–8 Oct 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11057, citing Ransom Family Cemetery, Jackson, Northampton County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .