Alfred Moore Waddell

Alfred Moore Waddell ( born September 16, 1834 in Hillsborough, North Carolina, † March 17, 1912 in Wilmington, North Carolina) was an American politician. Between 1871 and 1879 he represented the State of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Alfred Waddell attended Bingham 's School and the Caldwell Institute in Hillsborough and then studied until 1853 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a subsequent law degree in 1855 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Wilmington to work in this profession. Between 1858 and 1861 he was employed as an usher. At that time, Waddell was a member of the American Party and an opponent of secession. In 1860 he was a delegate to the nominating convention of the Constitutional Union Party in Baltimore. In the years 1860 and 1861 he was in Wilmington out a daily newspaper. Despite its originally loyal attitude to the Union Waddell took over as lieutenant colonel in the army of the Confederacy part in the civil war. He served in a cavalry unit from North Carolina.

Later Waddell was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1870 he was in the third constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Oliver H. Dockery on March 4, 1871. After three re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1879 four legislative sessions. Since 1877 he was Chairman of the Postal Committee. In 1878, he lost to Daniel Lindsay Russell of the short-lived Greenback Party.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Alfred Waddell again practiced as a lawyer. He was also literary activities; Moreover, he published in 1881 and 1882 a newspaper. In the years 1880 and 1896 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions relevant. On November 10, 1898 Waddell led a mob of about 1,500 racists to drive the democratically elected city government Wilmington, in which they succeeded. In this action, it is the only successful coup d'etat in U.S. history. There were thereby killed approximately 10-100 Black. Over 2100 Black fled the city and thus altered the ethnic composition in favor of whites. The U.S. government sent no aid to the elected government. From 1898 to 1904 Waddell served as mayor of the city of Wilmington. There he is on March 17, 1912 and passed away. He was married three times and had a son.


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