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OWEN, James, congressman, born in Pladen county, North Carolina, in December, 1784; died in Wilmington, North Carolina, 4 September, 1865. He was educated in private schools in Pittsburg, North Carolina, engaged in planting, was in the legislature in 1808-'11, and in 1816 was elected to congress as a Democrat, serving one term. He was subsequently for many years president of the Wilmington and Raleigh railroad, and a major-general of militia.--His brother, John, governor of North Carolina, born in Bladen county, North Carolina, in August, 1787; died in Pittsburg, North Carolina, 12 October, 1841, was educated at the University of North Carolina, engaged in planting, was in the legislature in 1812-'28, and was elected governor in the latter year. He exercised a wide influence in state politics, did much for education, and prison and other reforms, and was president of the convention that nominated William H. Harrison for president, declining the nomination for vice-president.
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