Abraham Rencher

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Abraham Rencher (August 12, 1798 – July 6, 1883) was a Congressional Representative from North Carolina; born near Raleigh, North Carolina, August 12, 1798; tutored at home and attended the common schools and Pittsboro Academy; graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1822; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Pittsboro, Chatham County, N.C.; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses, as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses, and as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1839); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1838; elected to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); declined to be candidate for renomination in 1842 on account of ill health; Minister to Portugal 1843–1847; appointed Governor of New Mexico Territory by President Buchanan and served from 1857 to 1861; retired to his home in Pittsboro, N.C.; died in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on July 6, 1883; interment in St. Bartholomew’s Protestant Episcopal Churchyard, Pittsboro, North Carolina.

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This article draws extensively from the entry in US Congressional Biography database.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Long
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 10th congressional district

1829–1839
Succeeded by
Charles Fisher
Preceded by
Charles Fisher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 10th congressional district

1841–1843
Succeeded by
District inactive