James Iredell, Jr., Governor, U.S. Senator

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James Iredell, Jr.

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Birthplace: Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, United States
Death: Died in Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, United States
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Son of James Iredell, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and Hannah Iredell
Husband of Frances Johnston Iredell
Father of Penelope Iredell; Annie Isabella Jones; Helen Iredell; James Johnston Iredell; Jane M. Iredell and 5 others

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About James Iredell, Jr., Governor, U.S. Senator

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James Iredell, Jr. (November 2, 1788 – April 13, 1853) was the 23rd Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina between 1827 and 1828.

Early life

Iredell was born in Chowan County, North Carolina. He was the son of well-known parents: his father, James Iredell, was a statesman and U.S. Supreme Court justice, and his mother was the sister of former Governor Samuel Johnston. In 1806, young Iredell graduated from the College of New Jersey (today Princeton University).

On his way toward political prominence, Iredell commanded a company of volunteers during the War of 1812, practiced law in Chowan County, served in the state House of Commons as a representative from Edenton, and was appointed a Superior Court judge.

Iredell kept a diary, which was rare among the North Carolina gentry at that time and provides researchers with a glimpse into the life of that time period.

Governor and U.S. Senator

During his short term as Governor, he pushed for better infrastructure and education. Reacting to an interest of the day—horse-drawn railroad carriages—he suggested the construction of a trial railroad from Campbellton to Fayetteville.

However, his brief time in office (and the inherent weaknesses of the Governor under the North Carolina Constitution) did not allow him to accomplish much.[citation needed] He left office after a few months to serve in the U.S. Senate, a post he held from 1828 to 1831. He was completing the term of Nathaniel Macon, who had resigned. By that time, Iredell was a Jacksonian, or member of the Democratic Party. Iredell did not seek to be re-elected by the state General Assembly to a full term in the Senate. He moved to Raleigh, practiced law, and served as court reporter for the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1840 to 1852. He died in Edenton and is buried there in the Johnston Burial Ground.

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James Iredell, Jr., Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

1788
November 2, 1788
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, United States
1816
April 10, 1816
Age 27
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, United States
1818
October 27, 1818
Age 29
1822
1822
Age 33
North Carolina, United States
1823
October 23, 1823
Age 34
1824
1824
Age 35
1826
April 7, 1826
Age 37
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, United States
1830
February 17, 1830
Age 41
1833
November 27, 1833
Age 45