D. H. Starbuck

Male, Deceased Person

1818 – 1887


Who was D. H. Starbuck?

Darius H. Starbuck was a North Carolina lawyer and political figure who served as United States Attorney for the entire state, and then for the Western District of North Carolina after the state was divided into two districts. Starbuck was a graduate of Guilford College.

Starbuck served as a delegate from Forsyth County to the state constitutional conventions of 1861 and 1865. He was first appointed to the U.S. Attorney's post in December 1865 by President Andrew Johnson. In 1868, he was elected a state superior court judge, but declined the office in hopes of continuing as U.S. Attorney under the new administration of Ulysses S. Grant. Grant eventually did reappoint Starbuck in 1870. In 1872, when the state was divided into eastern and western districts, Starbuck was made the first U.S. attorney for the western district, while his old post in Raleigh, now the eastern district, went to Richard C. Badger. In 1880, Starbuck was a delegate to the Republican National Convention, at first publicly supporting John Sherman before switching his allegiance to Grant.

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on July 23, 2013


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