John Pool Edit Profile
He graduated and was admitted to the bar in 1847, practicing in his home city until serving in the North Carolina Senate in 1856 and 1858.
Pool ran against Gov. John W. Ellis in the 1860 election as head of the "Opposition Party," which consisted primarily of former Whigs, like himself. With the war weariness increasing in civilian parts of the Confederacy during 1863, pro-Union activities began to become organized as resistance.
The Loyal Order of the Heroes of America, also known as the "Red Strings", were started by several men from North Carolina, including Henderson Adams, North Carolina's State Auditor during this time. The actual leader was John Pool, who spent some time in a jail in Richmond, and who traveled through western Virginia in 1864. He was elected by the legislature to serve in the U.S. Senate as a Republican once North Carolina was readmitted in 1868.
After his single term, he practiced law in Washington, D.C. until his death in 1884. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Member North Carolina Senate, 1856, 58, 64, 65, introduced peace resolutions providing for appointment of peace commissioner by state. Member North Carolina Constitutional Convention, 1865-1866. Member North Carolina Republican Convention, 1867, introduced resolutions (voted down) demanding universal suffrage, restriction on taxing power of Legislature and immediate removal all disabilities.
Member United States Senate from North Carolina, July 4, 1868-1873.
Married Narcissa Sawyer. Married second, Mollie McBane.