Romulus Zachariah Linney
|Romulus Zachariah Linney|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 8th district
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1901
|Preceded by||William H. Bower|
|Succeeded by||Edmund Spencer Blackburn|
December 26, 1841|
Rutherford County, North Carolina
|Died||April 15, 1910
Taylorsville, North Carolina
|Political party||Republican Party|
Life and career
Linney was born in Rutherford County, North Carolina, the son of Martha (née Baxter) and William Coplin Linney. He attended common schools, York's Collegiate Institute, and Doctor Millen's School in Taylorsville, North Carolina. During the American Civil War, he served in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia as a private in Company A of the 7th North Carolina Infantry. He was seriously wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville.
After the war, he engaged in agricultural pursuits and studied law. Admitted to the bar in 1868, he opened a practice in Taylorsville. He was elected to the North Carolina Senate in 1870, 1873, and 1882 and then to the United States Congress in 1894, serving three terms in the 44th, 45th, and 46th Congresses (March 4, 1895, – March 3, 1901). While in the North Carolina Senate, Linney was a major proponent of the construction of the Alexander Railroad, then known as the Statesville & Western Railroad.
- "Alexander Railroad Company History", http://www.tarheelpress.com/junebug/history.html (visited Dec. 2009)