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James Iver McKay

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James Iver McKay (1793–1853) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina. He was born in 1793, 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;[1] 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 4, 1853.[2] 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.[3]

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  1. ^ New York Daily Tribune, 7 July 1846, p. 2.
  2. ^ Congressional Biography
  3. ^ 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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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward B. Dudley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 5th congressional district

1831 – 1843
Succeeded by
Romulus M. Saunders
Preceded by
Archibald H. Arrington
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 6th congressional district

1843 – 1847
Succeeded by
John Daniel
Preceded by
John Daniel
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 7th congressional district

1847 – 1849
Succeeded by
William S. Ashe