Lawrence O’Bryan Branch (Congressional Biographical Directory)

“Branch, Lawrence O’Bryan,” Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 to Present,
BRANCH, Lawrence O’Bryan,  (father of William Augustus Blount Branch and nephew of John Branch), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Enfield, Halifax County, N.C., November 28, 1820; pursued a preparatory course under a private teacher in Washington, D.C., and at the Bingham Military Academy in North Carolina; attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a short time and was graduated from Princeton College in 1838; studied law at Nashville, Tenn., and owned and edited a newspaper there; moved to Tallahassee, Fla., in 1840; was admitted to the bar in Florida in 1840 by a special act of the legislature and commenced practice in Tallahassee; fought in the Seminole War in 1841; moved to Raleigh, N.C., in 1852 and continued the practice of law; president of the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad Co.; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth, Thirty-fifth, and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1861); was not a candidate for renomination in 1860; appointed Secretary of the Treasury by President Buchanan December 2, 1860, but declined; entered the Confederate Army in May 1861 and was appointed brigadier general the same year; senior brigadier general in A.P. Hill’s division, Stonewall Jackson’s corps; killed in the Battle of Antietam, Sharpsburg, Md., while in command of the Fourth Brigade, North Carolina Troops, September 17, 1862; interment in Old City Cemetery, Raleigh, N.C.
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