John Kerr, Jr. (congress)

John Kerr Jr. ( * February 10, 1811 in Danville, Virginia; † September 5, 1879 in Reidsville, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1853 and 1855 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Kerr was the son of the Congressman John Kerr (1782-1842), who was sitting 1813-1817 for the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives. The younger Kerr attended schools in Richmond. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he started in Yanceyville (North Carolina) to work in this profession. Between 1844 and 1856 he served as curator of the Wake Forest College; 1846-1868 he was also a trustee of the University of North Carolina.

Politically, Kerr member of the Whig party. In 1852 he ran unsuccessfully for the governorship of North Carolina. In the congressional elections of that year he was in the fifth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Abraham Watkins Venable on March 4, 1853. Since he has not been confirmed in 1854, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1855. These were shaped by the events and discussions that preceded the Civil War. The discussions then focused on the question of slavery.

In the years 1858 and 1860, Kerr was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina. During the Civil War he was a judge on the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1874 to 1879 then the Superior Court John Kerr died on September 5, 1879 in Reidsville.