PRITCHARD, Jeter Connelly, (1857 - 1921)

Senate Years of Service: 1895-1903
Party: Republican

Library of Congress

PRITCHARD, Jeter Connelly, (father of George Moore Pritchard), a Senator from North Carolina; born in Jonesboro, Washington County, Tenn., July 12, 1857; apprenticed to the printer’s trade; moved to Bakersville, Mitchell County, N.C., in 1873; became joint editor and owner of the Roan Mountain Republican; attended the Martins Creek Academy in Tennessee; presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1880; elected to the State house of representatives in 1884, 1886, and 1890; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1889 and commenced practice in Marshall, N.C.; unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor in 1888; unsuccessful Republican candidate for United States Senator in 1891; president of the North Carolina Protective Tariff League in 1891; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1894 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Zebulon B. Vance; reelected in 1897 and served from January 23, 1895, to March 3, 1903; chairman, Committee on Civil Service and Retrenchment (Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Patents (Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh Congresses); justice of the supreme court of the District of Columbia 1903-1904; judge of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Judicial Circuit from 1904 until his death in Asheville, N.C., on April 10, 1921; interment in Riverside Cemetery.


Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography.