United States Congressman from North Carolina
(1806-73) Born at "Poplar Grove," near Concord, Cabarrus County, N.C., he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1826; studied law in Hillsboro; was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Concord, N.C., in 1829. Served as a member of the North Carolina State House of Commons 1829-1834, 1840, and 1842. Member of the State constitutional convention in 1835. Was a Whig Party, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina, 1843-1849. Served on the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State, and the Committee on Indian Affairs. Appointed Minister to Spain by President Zachary Taylor, and was reappointed by President Millard Fillmore, serving from 1849 to 1853. He was a delegate to the 1861 peace convention held in Washington, D.C., a meeting whose last minute mission was to try and prevent Civil War from breaking out. He served as a delegate to the Union National Convention at Philadelphia, in August 1866. Was chairman of the Democratic State Committee in 1872.
Signature: 5 x 2 1/2, in ink, D.M. Barringer.