REID, David Settle (1813-1891)

REID, DAVID SETTLE, (nephew of Thomas Settle), a Representative and a Senator from North Carolina; born near Reidsville, Rockingham County, N.C., on April 19, 1813; attended the common schools and an academy; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Wentworth, N.C., the following year; member, State senate 1835-1842; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); was not a candidate for renomination; unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1848; elected Governor in 1850 and 1852; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill a vacancy in the term commencing March 4, 1853, caused by the failure of the legislature to elect, and served from December 6, 1854, until March 3, 1859; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Patents and the Patent Office (Thirty-fifth Congress); delegate to the peace convention held at Washington, D.C., in 1861 in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; member of the State constitutional convention in 1875; practiced law at Reidsville, N.C., and died there June 19, 1891; interment in Greenview Cemetery.

Duke University
Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 75 items (1837-1881) including correspondence, a speech, and photographs in U.S. Senators' papers. Finding aid.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: June 16, 1848. 1 letter.

North Carolina Division of Archives and History
Raleigh, NC
Papers: 1803-1880. Ca. 900 items. Correspondence and papers relating to political and economic issues of state and national interest, election campaigns, the State Constitutional Convention of 1875, courts, surplus revenue, railroads, pensions, the annexation of Texas, the Mexican War, common schools, and the Democratic party. Also gubernatorial papers and photographs.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Zebulon Baird Vance papers, 1827-1916; and other collections. Finding aid.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1857. 1 item.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: In Scott and Reid family papers, 1845-1883.

  • Butler, Lindley S., et al., eds. The Papers of David Settle Reid. 2 vols. to date. Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History 1993-.