North Carolina Museum of History
IREDELL, James (1788-1853)
Senate Years of Service: 1828-1831

IREDELL, JAMES, a Senator from North Carolina; born in Edenton, Chowan County, N.C., November 2, 1788; attended Edenton Academy and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1806; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1809 and commenced practice in Edenton; during the War of 1812 served as captain of a company of Volunteers; member, State house of commons 1813, 1816-1828, served as speaker 1817-1828; judge of the superior court of North Carolina 1819; Governor of North Carolina 1828; elected as a Jacksonian to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Nathaniel Macon and served from December 15, 1828, to March 3, 1831; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expense (Twenty-first Congress); moved to Raleigh in 1830; resumed the practice of law; reporter of the supreme court of North Carolina 1840-1852; commissioner to revise the State laws 1836-1837; died in Edenton, N.C., April 13, 1853; interment in the Johnston Burial Ground on the Hayes plantation at Edenton.

Duke University
Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1724-1890. 1,050 items and 2 volumes. Family, political, legal, and personal correspondence.

North Carolina Division of Archives and History
Raleigh, NC
Papers: Gubernatorial papers and photographs; correspondence and legal and financial papers in Iredell-Johnston family papers, 1694-1875, ca. 4,650 items, available on microfilm; in Charles E. Johnson papers; and various collections.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1828. 1 item.

  • Iredell, James. A Digest of All the Reported Cases Determined in the Courts of North Carolina, from the Year 1778 to the Year 1845. 3 vols. Raleigh: Turner & Hughes, 1839-1846.
  • ___. A New Digested Manual of the Acts of the General Assembly of North Carolina, from the Year 1838 to the Year 1850, Inclusive. Raleigh: S. Gales, 1851. An expanded version of Iredell's 1847 treatise, A Digested Manual of the Acts of the General Assembly of North Carolina, from the Year 1838 to the Year 1846, Inclusive.
  • Nash, Frederick, James Iredell, and William Battle, eds. The Revised Statutes of the State of North Carolina. 2 vols. Raleigh: Turner & Hughes, 1837.