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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesNorth Carolina

Robert STRANGE

(1796-1854)
Senate Years of Service:
1836-1840
Party:
Jacksonian; Democrat

STRANGE, Robert, a Senator from North Carolina; born in Manchester, Va., September 20, 1796; attended private schools in Virginia, New Oxford Academy, and Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), Lexington, Va.; graduated from Hampden-Sidney College, Virginia; moved to Fayetteville, N.C., in 1815; studied law; admitted to the bar and practiced in Fayetteville; member, State house of commons 1821-1823, 1826; judge of the superior court of North Carolina 1827-1836; elected as a Jacksonian (later Democrat) to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Willie P. Mangum and served from December 5, 1836, to November 16, 1840, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Patents and the Patent Office (Twenty-sixth Congress); resumed the practice of law in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, N.C.; solicitor for the fifth judicial district of North Carolina; engaged in literary pursuits; died in Fayetteville, N.C., February 19, 1854; interment in the family burial ground at ‘Myrtle Hill,’ near Fayetteville, N.C.

Bibliography

Strange, Robert. Eoneguski, or The Cherokee Chief. 2 vols. 1839. Facsimile ed. Charlotte: McNally of Charlotte, 1960; Walser, Richard. ”Senator Strange’s Indian Novel.” North Carolina Historical Review 26 (January 1949): 1-27.

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

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