Whitmill Hill lived and died in this county. For sketch of whom, see Bertie county.
Asa Biggs (born 1811--died 1878) was born, reared and lived for a long time, in Martin county. He was born on February 4, 1811. After receiving a classical education, he studied law, and was licensed in 1831. His first appearance in the political theatre, in which he was destined to perform a prominent part, was as a member of the Convention, to amend the Constitution, in 1835, the first convention called since the adoption of the Constitution in 1767. This was an admirable school for a young man, just then twenty-four years old, and taking his first lessons in political knowledge; for the master minds of the State, as Macon, Gaston, Branch, Daniel Outlaw, Carson, Spaight, Gilliam Morehead, Rayner, Meares and others, were members of that illustrious body. How well he improved this opportunity, his subsequent success in political life fully demonstrated.
In 1840, was the "log cabin
campaign," when overwhelming adversity
He was appointed one of a Commission (with B. F. Moore, and R. M. Saunders) to revise the Laws of Biggs the State, which work is a monument of his patience, ability, and legal knowledge.
For the second time, Mr. Biggs was returned to the Legislature (1854) a member of the Senate. He was, unquestionably the leader of the Democratic party in the Legislature. He opposed the proposition of the Whig party, led by Governor Graham, to call a Constitutional Convention, by a majority of the Legislature. Although this measure was supported by the prestige and power of the ablest men of the Whig party, such was the force of the arguments and the power of the speeches of Mr. Biggs, that the measure was defeated.
By this Legislature, he was elected a member of the United States Senate; here he served with credit to himself and satisfaction to his State, until he resigned in 1858, to accept the position of United States District Judge, made vacant by the death of Judge Potter. He was succeeded in the Senate by Hon. Thomas L. Clingman. For the place of Judge, he was well suited, by his unsullied integrity, his patient research, and extensive acquirements. But the war came on,
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