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David Settle Reid


In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847
Preceded by William Henry Washington
Succeeded by Daniel Moreau Barringer

In office
1851 – 1854
Preceded by Charles Manly
Succeeded by Warren Winslow

In office
December 6, 1854 – March 3, 1859
Preceded by Charles Manly
Succeeded by Warren Winslow

Born April 19, 1813
Rockingham County, North Carolina
Died June 19, 1891
Reidsville, North Carolina
Political party Democratic

David Settle Reid (April 19, 1813 – June 19, 1891) was a two-term Democratic governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1851 to 1854 and a U.S. Senator from December 1854 to March 1859. His uncle was Congressman Thomas Settle.

He was born in what would later be Reidsville, North Carolina, an unincorporated town named for his father, Reuben Reid. At age 16, David Reid became the first postmaster for the town. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1833. From 1835 to 1842, Reid served in the North Carolina Senate. He was a U.S. Representative from 1843 to 1847. In 1848, Reid was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor, losing to Charles Manly by only 854 votes. In 1850, Reid defeated Manly by 2,853 votes, returning the Democrats to the governor's office for the first time since 1836, when the state constitution changed so that the people, rather than the legislature, chose the Governor. In his campaigns, Reid promoted the now-obscure cause of "free suffrage," i.e. that there should not be different standards for who could vote for members of the North Carolina House of Commons and of the North Carolina Senate.

In the Senate, Reid was chairman of the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office. He sought but was denied a full term in the Senate when he lost a three-way internal party fight with Thomas Bragg and William W. Holden in 1858. He returned to the practice of law and was a delegate to an 1861 peace convention to try to prevent the American Civil War. Reid was a member of a state constitutional convention in 1875. He died in Reidsville in 1891.

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Governor Reid is seen in the foreground of this 1861 photo of the North Carolina State Capitol.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William H. Washington
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847
Succeeded by
Daniel M. Barringer
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Manly
Governor of North Carolina
1851 – 1854
Succeeded by
Warren Winslow
United States Senate
Preceded by
Willie P. Mangum
United States Senator (Class 2) from North Carolina
1854 – 1859
Served alongside: George E. Badger, Asa Biggs and Thomas L. Clingman
Succeeded by
Thomas Bragg

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