|Name||Matt W. Ransom|
|Address|| Halifax County|
, North Carolina , United States
|| October 08, 1826
|Died||October 08, 1904
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|Info||RANSOM, Matt Whitaker, (cousin of Wharton Jackson Green), a Senator from North Carolina; born in Warren County, N.C., October 8, 1826; attended a private academy; graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1847; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Warrenton, N.C. |
Candidate for Presidential Elector (W-NC) 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.
U.S. Senate (D-NC) 1/30/1872-1895; unsuccessful candidate for reelection. 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; died near Garysburg, Northampton County, N.C., on October 8, 1904 (his birthday); interment in the private burying ground on his estate, “Verona,” near Weldon, Halifax County, N.C.