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POU, Edward William

POU, Edward William
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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POU, Edward William, (cousin of James Paul Buchanan), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Tuskegee, Macon County, Ala., September 9, 1863; moved to North Carolina with his parents, who settled in Smithfield in 1867; received private instructions and attended the common schools and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1885 and practiced in Smithfield, Johnston County, N.C.; chairman of the Democratic executive committee of Johnston County in 1886; solicitor of the fourth judicial district of North Carolina 1890-1901; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh and to the sixteen succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1901, until his death; chairman, Committee on Claims (Sixty-second, Sixty-third, and Sixty-fourth Congresses), Committee on Rules (Sixty-fifth, Seventy-second, and Seventy-third Congresses); delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1916; died in Washington, D.C., April 1, 1934; funeral services were held in the Chamber of the United States House of Representatives; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Smithfield, N.C.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: March 9, 1926; April 13, 1926. 2 letters. Finding aid in repository.

North Carolina State Department of Archives and History

Raleigh, NC
Papers: 1884-1933. 61 items. Correspondence, speech, and newspaper clippings concerning politics, his work on House Rules Committee, and other matters. Description in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

United States. 73d Congress, 2d session, 1934. House. Memorial services held in the House of Representatives of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of Edward W. Pou, late a Representative from North Carolina. Seventy-third Congress, second session. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1934.

Van Hollen, Christopher. "The House Rules Committee, 1933-1951: Agent of Party and Agent of Opposition." Ph.D. diss., Johns Hopkins University, 1951.

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