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Duncan Kirkland Mcrae

Duncan Kirkland Mcrae, American diplomat, lawyer. member North Carolina Legislature, 1842.


  • Mcrae, Duncan Kirkland was born on August 16, 1820 in Campbelltown (now Fayetteville), North Carolina, United States. Son of John and Margaret (Kirkland) Mcrae.

  • Education

    • Attended College William and Mary, U. North Carolina.


    • Admitted to North Carolina bar, 1841. Member North Carolina Legislature, 1842. Practiced law, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1844-1851.

      United States consul to Paris, France, 1853-1857. Bearer of Ostend Manifesto from London to Washington. Unsuccessful candidate for government North Carolina, 1858.

      Served as colonel 5th North Carolina Regiment, 1861. Led charge at Williamsburg, Virginia. Wounded at Sharpsburg, 1862.

      Envoy to Southern Europe from North Carolina to secure market for Southern cotton, 1863. Editor Confederate, Raleigh, 1864-1865. Practiced in Memphis, Tennessee, 1865-1880.


    Member North Carolina Legislature, 1842.


    • Married Louise Virginia Henry, 1845.
    • father: John Mcrae
    • mother: Margaret (Kirkland) Mcrae
    • spouse: Louise Virginia Henry
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    Born August 16, 1820
    Died February 12, 1888
    (aged 67)