James Turner Morehead (North Carolina)

James Turner Morehead (* January 11, 1799 in Rockingham County, North Carolina; † May 5, 1875 in Greensboro, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1851 and 1853 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Morehead attended the common schools and then studied until 1819 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began in Greensboro to work in this profession. In the years 1832, 1834 and 1835, he was de facto mayor of Greensboro as Commissioner. In the 1830s was a member of the Whig Party Morehead. Between 1835 and 1842 he sat several times in the Senate of North Carolina. Since 1836 to 1868 he was curator of the University of North Carolina.

In the congressional elections of 1850 Morehead was the fourth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Augustine Henry Shepperd on March 4, 1851. Since he resigned in 1852 to run again, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1853. This was determined by the discussions and events leading up to the Civil War. It focused mainly on the question of slavery.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Morehead practiced as a lawyer again. He was also engaged in farming and operated a ironworks. James Morehead, died on May 5, 1875 in Greensboro. He was the younger brother of Governor John Motley Morehead.