Biggs, Asa, 1811-1878

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Asa Biggs (1811-1878) was a North Carolina lawyer, legislator, judge, congressman, and United States senator (1855-1858).

From the description of Asa Biggs papers, 1832; 1857; 2003 [manuscript]. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 23738128

Martin County, N.C., was established 14 March 1774.

From the guide to the Martin County (N.C.) Papers, ., 1773-1857, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Lawyer, judge, state legislator, U.S. Senator and Representative, from Williamston (Martin County), N.C.; later settled and died in Norfolk, Va.

From the description of Papers, 1827-1886. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19242397

Asa Biggs was born in Williamston, N.C., on 4 February 1811, and died in Norfolk, Va., on 6 March 1878. He attended the Williamston Academy, studied law, and passed the bar in 1831. Biggs served in the North Carolina Constitutional Convention of 1835; the North Carolina House of Commons in 1840 and 1842; the state Senate in 1844 and 1854; the United States House of Representatives, 1845-1847; and the United States Senate, 1855-1858. Biggs also served as United States District Judge for North Carolina, 1858-1861; in the North Carolina Secession Convention; and as a Confederate States judge, 1861-1865. Biggs practiced law in Tarboro, N.C., until 1869, when he moved to Norfolk, Va.

Asa Biggs was the son of Joseph Biggs (1766-1844) and Chloe Daniel (1776-1845). He married Martha Elizabeth Andrews (1814-1885) in 1832, and they had ten children.

From the guide to the Asa Biggs Papers, 1832-2003, (Southern Historical Collection)

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creatorOf Asa Biggs letter and enclosures, 1856 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Asa Biggs Papers, 1832-2003 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
creatorOf Biggs, Asa, 1811-1878. Papers, 1827-1886. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Grimes family. Grimes family papers, 1713-1947. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Reid, David Settle, 1813-1891. Autograph letter signed : [Washington], to the President, [1857]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Staton, McGilvery M. Papers, 1807-1890. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Hassell, Cushing Biggs, 1808-1880. Papers, 1814-1926. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Williamston Academy (Martin County, N.C.). Williamston Academy minutes, 1817-1890 [microfilm manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Biggs, Asa, 1811-1878,. Martin County (N.C.) papers, 1773-1857 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Biggs, Asa, 1811-1878. Asa Biggs papers, 1832; 1857; 2003 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn "The steam-boat comes to Norfolk Harbow", concerning steamboat and allied transportation, stagecoaches, taverns, etc. [manuscript] ca. 1947. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Martin County (N.C.) Papers, ., 1773-1857 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Satterthwaite, F. B. (Fenner Bryan), 1813-1875. Papers, 1824-1882. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
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Birth 1811-02-04

Death 1878-03-06

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