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SCALES, Alfred Moore, governor of North Carolina, born in Reedsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina, 26 November, 1827. He was educated at the University of North Carolina, but was not graduated. He afterward taught for a time, then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1851, and in 1853 became solicitor of Rockingham county. He was a member of the lower house of the legislature in 1852, 1853, and 1856, and was then elected to congress as a Democrat, serving from 7 December, 1857, till 3 March, 1859. He became clerk and master of the court of equity of Rockingham county in 1859, which office he held till the civil war. In 1860 he was a presidential elector on the Breckinridge ticket, and at the beginning of the civil war he entered the Confederate army as a private. He was elected captain, subsequently promoted colonel, and then made brigadier-general, He took part in the battle of Williamsburg and in the engagements near Richmond, and, after General Pender was wounded at the battle of Fredericksburg, took command of his brigade. He was severely wounded at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, and was present at most of the other battles till the close of the war. He resumed the practice of his profession after the war, was elected to the legislature of North Carolina in 1866-'7, and served in congress by successive elections from 1S75 till 1885. On 4 November, 1884, he was elected governor of North Carolina for the term that will end in January, 1889.
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