Pearce, James Alfred
- Rodney P. Carlisle
Pearce, James Alfred (14 December 1805–20 December 1862), U.S. senator, was born in Alexandria, Virginia, the son of Gideon Pearce and Julia Dick, farmers. His father later moved to Louisiana, where he became a sugar planter. Pearce’s mother died when Pearce was four years old, and he was raised in his grandfather’s family. Pearce attended a secondary preparatory academy in Alexandria, Virginia, and entered the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) in 1819. During and after college, he made his home with an uncle, James Pearce, a brother of his father. Pearce graduated from Princeton with honors in 1822 and then studied law in the firm of Judge John Glenn and ...