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James Iver McKay

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James Iver McKay
Dean of the United States House of Representatives
In office
February 23, 1848 – March 4, 1849
Preceded byJohn Quincy Adams
Succeeded byLinn Boyd
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina
In office
March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1849
Preceded byEdward Bishop Dudley
Succeeded byWilliam Shepperd Ashe
Constituency5th district (1831–1843)
6th district (1843–1847)
7th district (1847–1849)
Personal details
Born(1792-07-17)July 17, 1792
Elizabethtown, North Carolina, U.S.
DiedSeptember 14, 1853(1853-09-14) (aged 61)
Goldsboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

James Iver McKay (July 17, 1792 – September 14, 1853) was an American lawyer and politician who served nine terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina from 1831 to 1849.

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Early life and education

He was born in 1792,[1] 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;[2] and was the favorite son of the North Carolina delegation at the 1848 Democratic National Convention for Vice President. McKay also introduced the Coinage Act of 1849 on the House floor, with it successfully passing.[3]

Death and burial

McKay died in Goldsboro, North Carolina, September 14, 1853.[4] 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.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Dictionary of North Carolina Biography
  2. ^ New York Daily Tribune, July 7, 1846, p. 2.
  3. ^ "House Journal --THURSDAY, January 25, 1849".
  4. ^ Congressional Biography
  5. ^ 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.

External links

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 5th congressional district

1831 – 1843
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 6th congressional district

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

1847 – 1849
Succeeded by

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