Romulus Zachariah Linney

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Romulus Zachariah Linney
Romulus Zachariah Linney.jpeg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1901
Preceded by William H. Bower
Succeeded by Edmund Spencer Blackburn
Member of the North Carolina Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1841-12-26)December 26, 1841
Rutherford County, North Carolina, U.S.
Died April 15, 1910(1910-04-15) (aged 68)
Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican

Romulus Zachariah Linney (December 26, 1841 – April 15, 1910) was a Republican U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1895 and 1901.

Life and career[edit]

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.[1]

Linney died in Taylorsville in 1910 and is buried in the Taylorsville Cemetery. He is the great-grandfather of playwright Romulus Linney and great-great-grandfather of actress Laura Linney.


  1. ^ "Alexander Railroad Company History", (visited Dec. 2009)

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William H. Bower
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
E. Spencer Blackburn