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Robert Strange

Robert Strange
United States Senator
from North Carolina
In office
December 5, 1836 – November 16, 1840
Preceded by Willie P. Mangum
Succeeded by William A. Graham
Personal details
Born (1796-09-20)September 20, 1796
Manchester, Virginia
Died February 19, 1854(1854-02-19) (aged 57)
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Political party Democratic

Robert Strange (September 20, 1796 – February 19, 1854) was a Democratic U.S. senator from the state of North Carolina between 1836 and 1840.

Strange was born in Manchester, Virginia. He attended New Oxford Academy and Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) in Lexington, Virginia. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in south central Virginia in 1815 and practiced law in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

He was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons (1821–1823 and 1826) and was a judge of the superior court of North Carolina (1827–1836).

Strange was elected as a Jacksonian (later Democrat) to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Willie Person Mangum and served from December 5, 1836, to November 16, 1840, when he resigned and resumed the practice of law in Fayetteville, where he died on February 19, 1854 and was buried in the family burial ground at Myrtle Hill, near Fayetteville.

Strange was an ardent and active Freemason, serving as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons from 1812 through 1814. He also served as Master of Phoenix Lodge No. 8, A. F. & A. M., in Fayetteville, NC, for the year 1826.

Strange commanded the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (FILI), an independent militia company in Fayetteville, NC. In this role Strange served as the escort for the Marquis de Lafayette when he visited Fayetteville on the 5th of March, 1825.

A number of people read law with him, including his nephew James Strange French. He was the author of Eoneguski, or the Cherokee Chief, which has been called the first North Carolina novel.[1]

The Robert Strange Country House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[2]


  1. ^ Eubanks, Georgann (1 April 2013). Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina: A Guidebook. UNC Press Books. p. 1972.  
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. - Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry website.

External links

  • Eoneguski, or the Cherokee ChiefFull Text of at the University of North Carolina
United States Senate
Preceded by
Willie P. Mangum
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from North Carolina
Served alongside: Bedford Brown
Succeeded by
William A. Graham

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