Hon. Robert Strange, PM
20 September 1796 - 19 February 1854
Lawyer, Past Master of Phoenix Lodge No. 8, Member of the North Carolina State House of Commons, Judge of the Superior Court of North Carolina, U.S. Senator
Robert Strange was a Democratic U.S. Senator from the state of North Carolina between 1836 and 1840. Strange was born in Manchester, Virginia and attended the New Oxford Academy and Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) in Lexington, Virginia. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in south central Virginia in 1815 and practiced law in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Strange was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons (1821-1823 and 1826) and was a judge of the Superior Court of North Carolina (1827–1836).
Strange was elected as a Jacksonian (later Democrat) to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Willie Person Mangum and served from December 5, 1836, to November 16, 1840, when he resigned and resumed the practice of law in Fayetteville, where he died on February 19, 1854 and was buried in the family burial ground at Myrtle Hill, near Fayetteville.
Strange was an ardent and active Freemason, serving as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons from 1812 through 1814. He also served as Master of Phoenix Lodge No. 8, A. F. & A. M., in Fayetteville, NC, for the year 1826.
Strange commanded the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (FILI), an independent militia company in Fayetteville, NC. In this role Strange served as the escort for the Marquis de Lafayette when he visited Fayetteville on the 5th of March, 1825.
He was the author of Eoneguski, or the Cherokee Chief, which has been called the first North Carolina novel.