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Thomas Lanier Clingman
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Thomas Lanier Clingman

Thomas Lanier Clingman (27 July 1812 - 3 November 1897), known as the "Prince of Politicians," was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1843 to 1845 and from 1847 to 1858 and U.S. senator from the state of North Carolina between 1858 and 1861. During the Civil War he refused to resign his Senate seat and was one of ten senators expelled from the Senate in absentia.

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Preceded by:
Asa Biggs
Senators from North Carolina Succeeded by:
Joseph Carter Abbott
(after the Civil War)
Served alongside: David Settle Reid, Thomas Bragg