Romulus Mitchell Saunders

Romulus Mitchell Saunders ( * March 3, 1791 in Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina, † April 21, 1867 in Raleigh, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1821 and 1845 he represented two times the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Romulus Saunders attended the common schools and then studied 1809-1811 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a subsequent law degree in 1812 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Milton to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic-Republican Party launched a political career. In the years 1815, 1817 and 1819 he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina. At times he served as its president. From 1819 to 1864 was Saunders curator of the University of North Carolina. Since 1823 he lived in Raleigh.

In the congressional elections of 1820 Saunders was in the ninth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas Settle on March 4, 1821. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1827 three legislative periods. During the 1820s he joined the movement to the future President Andrew Jackson. Later he became a member of the Democratic Party, founded by this. His three terms in the 1820s were dominated by the debate between supporters and opponents of Jackson.

In 1826, Saunders opted not to run again. From 1828 to 1831 he was Attorney General of North Carolina; 1835-1840 he served as a judge at the Superior Court in 1840, he ran unsuccessfully for the governorship of North Carolina. In the elections of 1840 Saunders was elected to Congress again in the eighth district of his state, where he replaced William Montgomery on March 4, 1841. After a re-election in the fifth district, succeeding James Iver McKay he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1845 two other legislative periods. These were determined from the discussions ium a possible annexation since 1836 the independent Republic of Mexico Texas. Between 1843 and 1845 Romulus Saunders served as Chairman of the Legal Committee. In 1844 he was not re-elected.

1842 and 1852 ran unsuccessfully for the Saunders each U.S. Senate. Between 1846 and 1849 he was the successor of Washington Irving U.S. ambassador to Spain. Then he sat in the years 1850-1852 again in parliament of his country. He also was a member of a commission to revise the laws of North Carolina. He died on April 21, 1867 in Raleigh.