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Benjamin Hickman BUNN

(1844-1907)

BUNN, Benjamin Hickman, a Representative from North Carolina; born on a farm in Nash County, near Rocky Mount, N.C., October 19, 1844; attended the local schools; during the Civil War enlisted in the Confederate Army as a second lieutenant in Company A, Forty-seventh North Carolina Regiment; promoted successively and became captain of the Fourth Company of Sharpshooters, MacRae’s brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice in Rocky Mount, N.C.; elected mayor of Rocky Mount in 1867; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1875 and to the Democratic National Convention in 1880; member of the State house of representatives 1883-1885; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1895); chairman, Committee on Claims (Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1894; postmaster of Rocky Mount, N.C., from April 23, 1895, until the appointment of his successor on July 27, 1897; resumed the practice of law; died in Nash County, near Rocky Mount, N.C., August 25, 1907; interment in Pineview Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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