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Saunders, Romulus Mitchell 1791-1867

Statesman; born in Caswell county, N. C., March 3, 1791; received a collegiate education; admitted to the bar in 1812; elected to Congress in 1821, 1823, 1825, and 1844. In the latter year he introduced the celebrated two-third rule into the Democratic National Convention, making it necessary for a nominee to receive two-thirds of the votes of all members present. He was appointed minister to Spain in 1845, where he was authorized to offer $100,000,000 for the island of Cuba. He died in Raleigh, N. C., April 21, 1867.

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