Born: 1806-09-14 Bertie County, North Carolina
Died: 1868-10-22 Windsor, North Carolina
Outlaw attended private schools and academies in Bertie County, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1824. He studied law, earned admittance to the bar in 1825, and started a practice in Windsor. Outlaw served as a member of the North Carolina House of Commons in 1831-34, 1854, and 1858. He served as a delegate to the State constitutional convention at Raleigh, in 1835. From 1836 to 1844, he was solicitor of the first judicial district. In 1844, Outlaw was a delegate to the Whig National Convention. He served as a colonel of the Bertie County Regiment of State Militia. In 1846, Outlaw won election, as a Whig, to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1847-53. He served alongside Abraham Lincoln during the Thirtieth Congress. Unsuccessful for reelection in 1852, Outlaw returned to Windsor and resumed his law practice. Outlaw served in the North Carolina Senate, from 1860-66.
Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 1616; Gravestone, Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery, Windsor, NC.