Archibald Hunter Arrington

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Archibald Hunter Arrington (November 13, 1809 – July 20, 1872) was a slave owner, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina from 1841 to 1845 and a member of the Confederate Congress during the American Civil War.

Born near Nashville, North Carolina in 1809, Arrington attended a local academy in Hilliardston and then Louisburg College. Although he studied law, he was also a significant landowner and slave owner.

In 1840, Arrington was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House; he served for two terms, in the 27th and 28th Congresses. (March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1845) He sought re-election in 1844, but was defeated and failed to gain a third term.

Arrington was a supporter of the Confederacy during the Civil War—he was a member of North Carolina's secession convention in 1861 and was a member of the First Confederate Congress, although he was defeated for re-election in 1863.

After the Civil War, Arrington was a delegate to the Union National Convention at Philadelphia in 1866, the chairman of the court of common pleas and quarter sessions for Nash County in 1866 and 1867 and a county commissioner in 1868. After departing politics, he engaged in the management of his estate and died on his plantation in 1872, where he is buried in a family graveyard.


  • United States Congress. "Archibald Hunter Arrington (id: A000302)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Micajah T. Hawkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
James I. McKay
Preceded by
Romulus M. Saunders
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry Selby Clark