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FORNEY, Peter, soldier, born in Lincoln County, N. C., in April 1756; died there, 1 February 1834. He was of Huguenot descent, and during the war of the Revolution served in the American army. He afterward engaged in the manufacture of iron, and was a member of the legislature of North Carolina in 1794'6, and of the state senate in 1801'2. He was elected to congress from North Carolina, and served from 24 May1813,till 3 March 1815. He was a presidential elector on the Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and Jackson tickets.
His son, Daniel M. Forney, soldier, born in Lincoln County, N. C., in May 1784; died in Lowndes County, Ala., in October 1847. He was a major in the war of 1812, and was elected a representative in congress from North Carolina for two successive terms, serving from 4 December 1815, till 1818, when he resigned. He was appointed by President Monroe in 1820 a commissioner to treat with the Creek Indians, and was a member of the state senate of North Carolina in 1823'6. He removed to Alabama in 1834.His grandson, William Henry, soldier, born in Lincolnton, N. C., 9 November 1823. He was graduated at the University of Alabama in 1844, and during the war with Mexico served as 1st lieutenant in the 1st Alabama volunteers. He afterward studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1848, and engaged in practice for twenty-five years. He was elected to the legislature in 1859, entered the Confederate army as captain in 1861, and rose to the rank of brigadier general. He surrendered with Lee at Appomattox in 1865, and in 1865'6 was a state senator. He was chosen to congress as a Democrat in 1874, and has served by successive reelections till the present time (1887).
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