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Asa Biggs
Judge of the "United States District Court for the District of North Carolina
In office
May 3, 1858 – April 23, 1861
Appointed by "James Buchanan
Preceded by "Henry Potter
Succeeded by "George Washington Brooks
"United States Senator
from "North Carolina
In office
March 4, 1855 – May 5, 1858
Preceded by "George E. Badger
Succeeded by "Thomas L. Clingman
Member of the "U.S. House of Representatives
from "North Carolina's "9th district
In office
March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1847
Preceded by "Kenneth Rayner
Succeeded by "David Outlaw
Member of the "North Carolina House of Commons
In office
Member of the "North Carolina Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1811-02-04)February 4, 1811
"Williamston, North Carolina
Died March 6, 1878(1878-03-06) (aged 67)
"Norfolk, Virginia
Political party "Democratic

Asa Biggs (February 4, 1811 – March 6, 1878) was a North Carolina politician who held a number of positions. He was a "U.S. Representative, a "U.S. Senator, and "federal judge.

Biggs was born in "Williamston, "Martin County, North Carolina. He "read law, was "admitted to the bar in 1831, and commenced practice in Williamston. He was a member of the North Carolina state constitutional convention in 1835, the state house of commons from 1840 to 1842, and the state senate from 1844 to 1845.

Biggs was elected as a "Democrat to the "Twenty-ninth Congress and served from March 4, 1845 to March 4, 1847, but was unsuccessful in his bid for re-election in 1846. In 1851 he became a member of the commission to "codify the North Carolina state laws. His role in codifying the laws of North Carolina is the most distinctive aspect of his historical importance.

He was elected as a Democrat to the "United States Senate in 1855 and served from March 4, 1855 until May 5, 1858, when he resigned to accept an appointment to the "United States District Court for the District of North Carolina by President "James Buchanan to a seat vacated by "Henry Potter. He was confirmed by the "United States Senate on May 3, 1858, and received his commission the same day.

He served as judge of that district court until April 23, 1861, as a member of the secession convention of North Carolina in 1861, and as a "Confederate judge from 1861 to 1865. He supported "secession and believed the action to be legal according to the "United States constitution. During the "American Civil War he took refuge at "Dalkeith near Arcola, North Carolina, where he wrote his "autobiography.[1]

Following his service as a judge, Biggs resumed the practice of law in "Tarboro, "Edgecombe County, North Carolina in 1865.

In 1869 he moved to "Norfolk, Virginia. He continued the "practice of law in that community until his death on March 6, 1878. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

The "Asa Biggs House and Site at Williamston was added to the "National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[2]


  1. ^ Survey and Planning Unit Staff (October 1974). "Dalkeith" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  2. ^ "National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". "National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
Historical marker, Williamston, North Carolina
"U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
"Kenneth Rayner
Member of the "U.S. House of Representatives
from "North Carolina's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
"David Outlaw
"U.S. Senate
Preceded by
"George E. Badger
"U.S. Senator (Class 3) from North Carolina
Served alongside: "David S. Reid
Succeeded by
"Thomas L. Clingman
Legal offices
Preceded by
"Henry Potter
Judge of the "United States District Court for the District of North Carolina
Succeeded by
seat abolished
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