Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
SCALES, Alfred Moore (1827-1892)

SCALES, ALFRED MOORE, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Reidsville, Rockingham County, N.C., November 26, 1827; pursued classical studies; attended the Caldwell Institute, Greensboro, N.C., and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1845 and 1846; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and practiced in Madison, N.C.; solicitor of Rockingham County in 1853; member of the State house of commons in 1852, 1853, 1856, and 1857; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1859); presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of John C. Breckinridge in 1860; volunteered as a private in the Confederate Army and served throughout the Civil War, attaining the rank of brigadier general; resumed the practice of law in Greensboro, N.C.; member of the State house of representatives 1866-1869; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1875, to December 30, 1884, when he resigned, having been elected Governor; chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Forty-fourth through Forty-sixth Congresses); served as Governor of North Carolina 1884-1888; engaged in banking in Greensboro, N.C., and died there on February 9, 1892; interment in Green Hill Cemetery.

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscripts, and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1873-1885, 3 items.
The papers of Alfred M. Scales include a letter, 1873, about C.S.A. General James Johnston Pettigrew; a routine letter concerning his place of residence; and an invitation to his inaugural ball in 1885.


East Carolina University
East Carolina Manuscript Collection J.Y. Joyner Library
Greenville, NC
Papers: 1858-1892. 56 items.
Personal papers and correspondence. Partial finding aid available.


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1859, 1 item.
A letter written to Joel F. Hill written on July 18, 1850, asking him to support A. M. Scales for Congress.

Papers: ca. 1872-1932, 1.5 linear feet.
Correspondence about North Carolina political candidates and elections; political and civil service appointments, both state and federal; proposed legislation affecting insurance companies, particularly, 1909-1913; and the business of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, various committees and agencies of the Orange Presbytery, and the Presbyterian Synod of North Carolina. There is also material about the North Carolina Commission on Constitutional Amendments, 1913-1914, and about the Association for the Promotion of Education in North Carolina, 1920-1923.

Papers: In the Charles Lanman Papers, 1804-1887, 62 items.
Correspondents include Alfred M. Scales.