Alfred Moore SCALES, Congress, NC (1827-1892)


SCALES, Alfred Moore, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Reidsville, Rockingham County, N.C., November 26, 1827; pursued classical studies; attended the Caldwell Institute, Greensboro, N.C., and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1845 and 1846; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and practiced in Madison, N.C.; solicitor of Rockingham County in 1853; member of the State house of commons in 1852, 1853, 1856, and 1857; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1859); presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of John C. Breckinridge in 1860; volunteered as a private in the Confederate Army and served throughout the Civil War, attaining the rank of brigadier general; resumed the practice of law in Greensboro, N.C.; member of the State house of representatives 1866-1869; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1875, to December 30, 1884, when he resigned, having been elected Governor; chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Forty-fourth through Forty-sixth Congresses); served as Governor of North Carolina 1884-1888; engaged in banking in Greensboro, N.C., and died there on February 9, 1892; interment in Green Hill Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present