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Robert Rufus Bridgers

Confederate congressman , railroad executive

Robert Rufus Bridgers, American Confederate congressman, railroad executive. member North Carolina Assembly from Edgecombe County, 1844-1846, 56-61; member North Carolina House of Representatives, chairman judiciary committee, 1856-1861; member Confederate Congress, circa 1861-1865.

Background

Bridgers, Robert Rufus was born on November 28, 1819 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, United States. Son of John and Elizabeth (Routh) Bridgers.

Education

Graduated from the University North Carolina, 1841.

Career

Admitted to North Carolina bar, 1841. Member North Carolina Assembly from Edgecombe County, 1844-1846, 56-61. Organizer bank, Tarboro, North Carolina, president, 1851.

Member North Carolina House of Representatives, chairman judiciary committee, 1856-1861. Director Wilmington & Weldon R.R. (became base line of Atlantic Coast Line R.R.), 1860-1888, president, 1865-1888. Member Confederate Congress, circa 1861-1865.

Membership

Member North Carolina Assembly from Edgecombe County, 1844-1846, 56-61. Member North Carolina House of Representatives, chairman judiciary committee, 1856-1861. Member Confederate Congress, circa 1861-1865.

Connections

Married Margaret Johnston, 1849.

father:
John Bridgers

mother:
Elizabeth (Routh) Bridgers

spouse:
Margaret Johnston