Charles Manly Stedman

Charles Manly Stedman (January 29, 1841 – September 23, 1930) was a politician and lawyer from North Carolina.

Charles M. Stedman celebrates his eighty-fifth birthday with fellow congressmen in front of the U.S. Capitol. Speaker of the House Nicholas Longworth shakes hands with Stedman while presenting a congressional cake with eighty-five candles, January 30, 1926.


Born in Pittsboro, North Carolina, Stedman moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina with his parents in 1853 where he attended Pittsboro and Donaldson Academies and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1861. During the Civil War, he served as a private in the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Company under the 1st North Carolina Regiment before being promoted to major of the 44th North Carolina Regiment. Afterwards, Stedman returned to Chatham County, North Carolina and taught school in Pittsboro for one year. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1865, commencing practice in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Stedman first got involved in politics as a delegate to the 1880 Democratic National Convention, which nominated Winfield Scott Hancock and William Hayden English for President and Vice President of the United States. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 1884, serving from 1885 to 1889, and unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor of North Carolina in 1888. He moved to Asheville, North Carolina in 1891 and to Greensboro, North Carolina in 1898, continuing to practice law. Stedman served as a trustee of the University of North Carolina from 1899 to 1915, was president of the North Carolina Bar Association from 1900 to 1901, was again an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of North Carolina in 1903-04, and was director and president of the North Carolina Railroad from 1909 to 1910.

Stedman was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1910 and was reelected to the seat in 1912, 1914, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1926 and 1928, serving until his death in Washington, D.C. on September 23, 1930, the last veteran of the Civil War, either Union or Confederate Army, to serve in the U.S. Congress. He was interred in Cross Creek Cemetery in Fayetteville, North Carolina. A commemorative roadside sign was placed in Fayetteville in his honor.


Political offices
Preceded by
James L. Robinson
Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
1885 – 1889
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Holt
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John M. Morehead
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1911 – September 23, 1930
Succeeded by
Franklin W. Hancock, Jr.

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