REID, James Wesley, (1849 - 1902)


Image, Rockingham Community College Historical Collections, Box 38, Wentworth, NC

REID, James Wesley, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Wentworth, Rockingham County, N.C., June 11, 1849; pursued an academic course; was graduated from Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va., in 1869 and subsequently taught in the same college; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1873 and commenced practice in Wentworth, N.C.; treasurer of Rockingham County 1874-1884; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Alfred M. Scales; reelected to the Forty-ninth Congress and served from January 28, 1885, to December 31, 1886, when he resigned; moved to Lewiston, Idaho, in 1887 and engaged in the practice of law; member of the State constitutional convention in 1889 and vice president of that body; president of the board of trustees of the Lewiston State Normal College from 1893 until his death; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1896 and 1900; died in Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho, January 1, 1902; interment in the Masonic Cemetery.