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Duncan Kirkland Mcrae

diplomat , lawyer

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

Background

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.

Career

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.

Membership

Member North Carolina Legislature, 1842.

Connections

Married Louise Virginia Henry, 1845.

father:
John Mcrae

mother:
Margaret (Kirkland) Mcrae

spouse:
Louise Virginia Henry