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REID, David Settle, governor of North Carolina, born in Rockingham county, North Carolina, 10 April, 1813. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began to practise in 1834. In 1835 he was elected to the legislature, serving continuously until 1842, when he was elected a representative to congress as a Democrat, serving from 4 December, 1843, till 3 March, 1847. In 1848 he was the defeated Democratic candidate for governor of North Carolina, but he was afterward successful, and held the office in 1851-'5. He was then elected to tile United States senate as a Democrat, in place of Willie P. Mangum, serving from 4 December, 1854, till 3 March, 1859. He was chairman of the committees on patents, on the patent-office, and on commerce, tie was a delegate to the Peace convention that met in Washington in February, 1861. Governor Reid served in the Confederate congress, and after the civil war resided on his farm in Rockingham county.
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