IREDELL, James, (1788 - 1853)

Senate Years of Service: 1828-1831
Party: Jacksonian

North Carolina Museum of History

IREDELL, James, a Senator from North Carolina; born in Edenton, Chowan County, N.C., November 2, 1788; attended Edenton Academy and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1806; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1809 and commenced practice in Edenton; during the War of 1812 served as captain of a company of Volunteers; member, State house of commons 1813, 1816-1828, served as speaker 1817-1828; judge of the superior court of North Carolina 1819; Governor of North Carolina 1828; elected as a Jacksonian to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Nathaniel Macon and served from December 15, 1828, to March 3, 1831; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expense (Twenty-first Congress); moved to Raleigh in 1830; resumed the practice of law; reporter of the supreme court of North Carolina 1840-1852; commissioner to revise the State laws 1836-1837; died in Edenton, N.C., April 13, 1853; interment in the Johnston Burial Ground on the Hayes plantation at Edenton.


Iredell, James. A Digest of All the Reported Cases Determined in the Courts of North Carolina, from the Year 1778 to the Year 1845. 3 vols. New York: Turner & Hughes, 1839-1846.