The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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1827, he was elected Governor of the State of North Carolina, and the next year was elected a Senator in Congress, succeeding Nathaniel Macon. He was succeeded by Judge Mangum as senator in congress.

        After leaving the senate, where he was loved by his associates, and esteemed by the nation, he retired to the practice of his profession, which the support of a young and increasing family demanded. He was for a time the able and accurate reporter of the decisions of the supreme court, which are regarded by the profession as models of their kind, and authority in all the courts of the country.

        Few men who knew Governor Iredell that did not esteem him; and to his intimate friends he was an especial favorite. Even in the heat of political contests, he never forgot the courtesy of life, or the dignity of a gentleman. His social habits affected much of his usefulness.

        He married a daughter of Samuel Treadwell, collector of Edenton, by whom he had an interesting and numerous family. One of his daughters married Cadwallader Jones, now of South Carolina; another Griffith McRee, of Wilmington; another Dr. Charles E. Johnson, and another Honorable W. M. Shipp of Charlotte.

        Governor Iredell died in Edenton on April 13th, 1853.

        Dr. James Norcum, one of the most skillful and successful physicians of the county, was born and lived and died in Chowan County.

        He was born in 1778, educated at the academy in Edenton, and studied his profession under Dr. Benjamin Rush in Philadelphia, where he graduated in his twentieth year, under such medical celebrities as Rush, Wistar, Shippen and others. He returned home, and by his skill and learning soon obtained an extensive practice. So extensive that he was often sent for in consultation from a distance of more than one hundred miles. His field of practice embraced the counties of Chowan, Perquimons, Parquotank, Camden, Bertie, Hertford and Martin. But this large and lucrative practice he was compelled to abandon on account of his health. Apprehensive of the consumption, he repaired to Philadelphia, and consulted Dr. Rush, who prescribed a long sea voyage. This advice was followed and for three years he was absent, visiting Calcutta and other regions. He returned in restored health, and resumed his practice at Edenton. Here he continued until his death. He was appointed surgeon in the army, which he soon declined. He was one of the first men of his profession. He wrote much on medical subjects, but only a few of his works have been published. Among them were articles on Tetanus, epidemic of 1816, on cholera, on scarlatina and on endemic fall and summer fever. He was a public spirited citizen and christian patriot.*

        * From a memoir of Dr. Norcum by Dr. S. S. Satchell, 1852,

        Gavin Hogg was born in Orange County and was distinguished as an advocate. He commenced the practice of the law in Bertie County, and removed to Raleigh, where he lived for a long time, and where he died. He had few equals and no superiors as a lawyer. His family was distinguished in the revolution. Governor Martin, the last of the Royal Governors, in a dispatch states: "The council have maintained their loyalty, especially Andrew Miller, John Hogg, and John Curden."*

        * Colonial Documents, 225.

        Writing of Gavin Hogg, the Economist (December 31st, 1878,) says "that Windsor was the starting place of his professional career, where he entered the legal arena, where he attained fame and fortune; he was a great lawyer but had no social affinities. He was stern and austere. The people respected him for his talents but never loved him as a friend. His learning and acumen gave him great power and influence His argument in the
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