James Iver McKay
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James Iver McKay

James Iver McKay

James Iver McKay (July 17, 1792 – September 14, 1853) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina. He was born in 1792,[1] near Elizabethtown, North Carolina. He pursued classical studies and then law. He was appointed United States attorney for the district of North Carolina on March 6, 1817, and also served in the North Carolina General Assembly (1815-1819, 1822, 1826, and 1830). He was elected as a Jacksonian to the 22nd through 24th congresses (1831-1837) and as a Democrat to the 25th through 30th congresses (1837-1849). He served as chairman of the: Committee on Military Affairs (25th Congress), Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads (26th Congress), Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (27th Congress), Ways and Means Committee (28th and 29th congresses). He was also the chief sponsor of the Walker Tariff of 1846;[2] and was the favorite son of the North Carolina delegation at the 1848 Democratic National Convention for Vice President.

McKay died in Goldsboro, North Carolina, September 14, 1853.[3] Though an unapologetic slave-owner, his will included the unusual provision that 30-40 of his slaves be placed under the supervision of the American Colonization Society.[4]

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References

  1. ^ Dictionary of North Carolina Biography
  2. ^ New York Daily Tribune, July 7, 1846, p. 2.
  3. ^ Congressional Biography
  4. ^ Clegg, Claude A., III, The Price of Liberty: African Americans and the making of Liberia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009, p. 192.

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