Jeter Connelly Pritchard

Jeter Connelly Pritchard ( born July 12, 1857 in Jonesborough, Tennessee, † April 10, 1921 in Asheville, North Carolina ) was an American politician of the Republican Party. He represented the state of North Carolina in the United States Senate.

In his native Tennessee Pritchard learned the trade of printer. In 1873 he moved to Bakersville, North Carolina, where he became editor and owner of Roan Mountain Republican. His first political office he took over in 1880 as a member of the Electoral College, the James A. Garfield elected as U.S. president. In 1884 he was appointed to the House of Representatives from North Carolina, where he served in 1886 and 1890 again. During this time he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1889.

In vain was Pritchard's candidacy for the office of Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 1888; three years later he failed in the election to the U.S. Senate as well. He had suffered in the 1892 election to the U.S. House of Representatives The third defeat. It was not until 1894 he was nevertheless successful, when he was elected to succeed the late Senator Zebulon Baird Vance. After re-election in 1897 Pritchard remained until March 3, 1903 in the Senate. He was at that time the only Republican from the southern states in this chamber.

After retiring from the Senate Pritchard was elected in the same year as a judge of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. In 1904 he moved to the Federal Court of Appeal for the Fourth District Court, where he remained until his death in 1921. In Asheville, where he died, the Pritchard Park was named after him.

His son George also suggested a political career and was sitting 1928-1930 for North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.