Born in Scott County, Virginia, Pridemore received a limited education as a child and completed preparatory studies. During the Civil War, he raised a company of volunteer infantry for the Confederate Army and served as its captain until June, 1862 when promoted to major and later lieutenant colonel Infantry and colonel of Cavalry. He commanded the 64th Virginia Cavalry until the end of the war and afterwards was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1865, but Reconstruction prevented him from taking seat. Pridemore studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1867, commencing practice in Jonesville, Virginia. He was member of the Virginia Senate from 1871 to 1875 and was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1876, serving from 1877 to 1879. Afterwards, Pridemore continued practising law in Jonesville until his death there. He was interred in Hill Cemetery in Jonesville.
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- Auburn Pridemore at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-02-14
- Auburn Pridemore at Find a Grave Retrieved on 2008-02-14