Clingman, Thomas Lanier

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    Thomas Lanier Clingman
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    Thomas Lanier Clingman (Congressional Biographical Directory)

    CLINGMAN, Thomas Lanier, a Representative and a Senator from North Carolina; born in Huntsville, N.C., July 27, 1812; educated by private tutors and in the public schools in Iredell County, N.C.; graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1832; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1834 and began practice in Huntsville, N.C.; elected to the State house of commons in 1835; moved to Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C., in 1836; member, State senate 1840; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Twenty-ninth Congress; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1847, to May 7, 1858, when he resigned to become Senator; chairman, Committee on Public Expenditures (Thirtieth Congress), Committee on Foreign Affairs (Thirty-fifth Congress); appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate on May 6, 1858, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Asa Biggs; reelected in 1861 and served from May 7, 1858, to March 28, 1861, when he withdrew; expelled from the Senate in 1861 for support of the rebellion; chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Thirty-fifth Congress); during the Civil War was a brigadier general in the Confederate Army; explored and measured mountain peaks; died in Morganton, Burke County, N.C., on November 3, 1897; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, N.C.
    "Clingman, Thomas Lanier," Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 to Present,
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    Jeffrey, Thomas E. “An Unclean Vessel: Thomas Lanier Clingman and the ’Railroad Ring.’” North Carolina Historical Review 74 (October 1997): 389-431. view record
    Jeffrey, Thomas. "Thunder From the Mountains: Thomas Lanier Clingman and the End of Whig Supremacy in North Carolina." North Carolina Historical Review 56 (October 1979): 366-395. view record
    Kruman, Marc. "Thomas L. Clingman and the Whig Party: A Reconsideration." North Carolina Historical Review 64, no. 1 (January 1987): 1-18. view record
    How to Cite This Page: "Clingman, Thomas Lanier," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College,