John Wilbur Atwater
|Born||December 27, 1840|
near Fearrington, North Carolina
|Died||July 4, 1910 (aged 69)|
Fearrington, North Carolina
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
|Service/||Confederate States Army|
|Unit||1st North Carolina Infantry|
Early life and education
Service with the Confederacy
A farmer, he enlisted in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, serving in Company D, First Regiment, of the North Carolina Volunteer Infantry. Atwater was with the army of Gen. Robert E. Lee until the Lee's surrender at Appomattox.
Atwater joined the Farmers' Alliance in 1887, and was the first president of the Chatham County Alliance. He was elected to the North Carolina Senate in 1890 as an Alliance Democrat; he was subsequently elected in 1892 and 1896 as a Populist. In 1898, as an Independent Populist, Atwater was sent to the 56th U.S. Congress, serving from March 4, 1899 to March 3, 1901. He unsuccessfully ran for re-election in 1900 and returned to farming.
Death and legacy
He died in Fearington in 1910 and is buried in the Mount Pleasant Church Cemetery near Pittsboro.
- United States Congress. "John Wilbur Atwater (id: A000334)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
William F. Strowd
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from North Carolina's 4th congressional district
Edward W. Pou