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secretary of state

(Elected by the People)

Thad Eure, Democrat, of Hertford County, was born November
15, 1899, in Gates County, N. C. Son of Tazewell A. and Armecia
(Langstun) Eure. Attended Gatesville High School, 1913-1917;
University of North Carolina, 1917-1919; University Law School
1921-1922. Lawyer. Past member. North Carolina Bar Associa-
tion; North Carolina State Bar, and Hertford County Bar Asso-
ciation, Mayor of Winton, 1923-1928. County attorney for Hert-
ford County, 1923-1931. Member of General Assembly of 1929,
representing- Hertford County. Principal Clerk of the House of
Representatives, Sessions of 1931, 1933, 1935, and Extra Session,
1936. Presidential Elector First District of North Carolina, 1932.
Escheats Agent, University of North Carolina, 1933-1936. Elected
Secretary of State in the General Election of November 3, 1936,
and assumed duties of the office December 21, 1936, by virtue of
executive appointment, ten days prior to the commencement of
Constitutional term, on account of a vacancy that then occurred.
Re-elected Secretary of State in General Elections of 1940, 1944,
and 1948. President, Ahoskie Kiwanis Club, 1927. Theta Chi Fra-
ternity; Junior Order; B.P.O. Elks; President, N. C. Elks Associa-
tion, 1946; T.P.A.; Member Board of Trustees, Elon College;
President Elon College Foundation; American Legion, Forty and
Eight; President, National Association of Secretaries of State,
1942. Congregational Christian Church. Married Miss Minta
Banks of Winton, N. C, November 15, 1924. Of this union there
are two children, a daughter and a son, Armecia and Thad Eure,
Jr. Legal residence, Hertford County, N. C. Official address: State
Capitol, Raleigh.



(Elected by the People)

Henry Lee Bridges, Democrat, was born in Franklin County,
N. C, June 10, 1907. Son of John Joseph and Ida Loraine (Car-
roll) Bridges. Attended Wakelon High School, 1914-1920; Wiley

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School, Raleigh, 1921; Wakelon High School, 1922; Millbrook High
School, 1923-1925; Mars Hill Junior College, A.B. Degree, 1929;
Wake Forest College, B.A. Degree 1931 ; Wake Forest Law School,
1932-1933. Attorney-at-Law. Member of the Greensboro Bar Asso-
ciation; N. C. State Bar. Deputy Clerk, Superior Court of Guil-
ford County, August, 1935-September, 1940; December, 1941-
October, 1942; December, 1945-June 1, 1946. (Break in dates
caused by Military Service). Secretary and Treasurer, Guilford
County Democratic Executive Committee, 1933-1940. Member and
Past Master of Greensboro Lodge No. 76 Ancient Free and Ac-
cepted Masons. Chorazin Chapter No. 13 Royal Arch Masons;
Ivanhoe Commanding No. 8 Knights Templar; Sudan Temple
A.A.O.N.M.S. Enlisted in National Guard May, 1934 as a Private;
promoted to Sgt. February, 1935; commissioned Second Lieuten-
ant, June 18, 1935; commissioned First Lieutenant, November 18,
1939; promoted to Captain, January 28, 1943; to Major on in-
active status, January 17, 1947. Entered Federal Service, Sep-
tember 16, 1940; released from active duty November 2, 1941;
recalled to active duty October 7, 1942; relieved from active duty
December 14, 1945. Veteran World War II, Post No. 53 American
Legion Local; Local No. 506 Forty-Eight, Deacon Hayes Barton
Baptist Church; Member Board of Trustees Wake Forest College.
Married Miss Clarice Hines, December 12, 1936. Tvfo children:
Joseph Henry, age six years; George Hines, age three years.
Home address: 2618 Grant Ave., Raleigh, N. C.



(Elected by the People)

Brandon P. Hodges, Democrat, was born in Asheville, North
Carolina September 6, 1903. Son of Daniel Merritt and Clara
(Patton) Hodges. Attended City Schools of Asheville, Porter
Military Academy, 1919-1921. University of North Carolina, Jan-
uary 1922-June 1923; Law School, 1923-1924; Wake Forest Law
School September 1925-January 1926. Lawyer. Judge pro tern
Asheville Police Court, 1927-1930; Buncombe County Attorney
1936-1946. Senator in the General Assembly of 1943 and 1945.
Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriations 1945. Member

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Advisory Budget Commission 1945-1946. Executive Counsel 1947
General Assembly. Mason. Sigma Chi Fiaternity. Presbyterian.
Married Miss Genevive Hare. Children: Brandon P., Jr., and
Sarah Jane Hodges. Home address: Asheville, N. C.



(Elected by the People)

Clyde Atkinson Erwin, Democrat, was born in Atlanta, Georgia,
February 8, 1897. Son of Sylvanus and Mamie (Putman) Erwin.
Attended grammar schools of Charlotte and Waco and graduated
from Piedmont High School, Lawndale, N. C, 1914. Attended
University of North Carolina 1915-1916 and subsequent summer
schools. Life member National Education Association; member
American Association of School Administrators; North Carolina
Education Association President, 1932-1933; member National
Committee on Rural Education; Regional Consultant National
Committee on Emergency in Education; President Rutherfordton
Kiwanis Club, 1932; honorary member for life Rutherford County
Club. Mason; all branches, including: Shrine. Member Sigma Chi,
Phi Kappa Phi, and .Kappa Phi Kappa. Principal Gault School,
Jonesville, S. C. 1916-1917; Waco High School, 1917-1919; Clitf-
side Public Schools and Avondale Public Schools, 1919-1923. Su-
perintendent Rutherford County Schools, 1925-1934. Appointed
State Superintendent of Public Instruction by Governor J. C. B.
Ehringhaus, October 24, 1934, succeeding the late Dr. A. T.
Allen. Elected for a full term November 3, 1936. Re-elected in
1940, 1944, 1948. Chairman Board of Trustees of East Carolina
Teachers College; member Board of Trustees of Greater Univer-
sity, North Carolina College at Durham, Agricultural and Tech-
nical College, and Elizabeth City State Teachers College. Awarded
Pd.D. honorary degree Catawba College, Salisbury, N. C, in May
1935. Member High School Textbook Committee 1927-1932; chair-
man Elementary Textbook Commission 1933-1934. President
Southern Council Chief State School Officers 1944-1949; Member
Executive Committee and Legislative Committee National Council
of Chief State School Officers, 1944-1948; Member Yearbook Com-
mittee American Association of School Administrators, 1945-1946.

Thad Euro

Secretary of State

Henry L. Bridges
State Auditor

r ran don P. Hodges
State Treasurer

Clyde A. Erwin

Superintendent uf Publij

Harry McMuUan

Attorney General

L. Y. Ballentine

Commissioner of Agriculture

Forrest H. Shuford
i Commissioner of Labor

Wm. P. Hodges

Commission of Insurance

State officials, who are elected by the people in addition to the Governor and Lieutenant
Governor. The above officials constitute the Council of State with the exception of the Attorney
General who is the legal adviser to the Executive Department.

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Vice-President National Council of Chief State School Officers
1948. Member Board of Advisory Editors, The School Executive.
President National Council of Chief State School Officers, 1949.
Member Army Advisory Committee in Raleigh; Member Honorary
National Committee for the Voorlezer's House ; Member Committee
on Scouting in the Schools; Member National Committee on
School Savings; Member Committee on Educational Buildings and
Equipment of the American Council on Education; Member Com-
mittee on National Teachers Examination of American Council
on Education; Member of North Carolina Chapter of Horace
Mann League; Member National Commission on Safety Educa-
tion. Consultant on Regional Schools Southern Governors' Con-
ference; Vice-President Regional Council for Education. Consul-
tant National Safety Council; Consultant Educational Policies
Committee of the National Education Association; Consultant to
Rural Editorial Service for State Education Associations. Meth-
odist, Lay leader in Marion District; Superintendent Cliff side
Sunday School; teacher Ladies' Class, Rutherford M. E. Church
for ten years. At present teacher of College Sunday School Class,
Edenton Street Methodist Church. Married Miss Evelyn Miller
of Waco, N. C; two children, Frances Elizabeth and Clyde A.,
Jr. Address: Raleigh, N. C.



(Elected by the People)
Lynton Yates Ballentine, Democrat, was born at Varina, Wake
County, N. C, April 6, 1899. Son of James Erastus and Lillian
(Yates) Ballentine. Attended Oakwood and Cardenas Elementary
Schools and Holly Springs High School, 1913-1917. Graduated
from Wake Forest College in 1921 with an A.B. Degree, having
specialized in political economy. Dairyman, farmer, and business-
man. Member Wake County Board of Commissioners, 1926-1934,
State Senator from the Thirteenth Senatorial District 1937, 1939,
1941, and 1943. Member Board of Agriculture, 1941-1944. Elected
Lieutenant Governor November 7, 1944. Elected Chairman State
Board of Education 1945. Elected Commissioner of Agriculture,
November 2, 1948. A charter member of the Fuquay Springs Post
of the American Legion. Baptist. Address: Varina, N. C.

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(Elected by the People)
Forrest Herman Shuford, Democrat, was born in Cleveland
County, North Carolina, June 3, 1897. Son of J. M. and Ella
(Copeland) Shuford. Attended Public Schools of Cleveland County
and graduated from Piedmont High School, Lawndale, N. C, At-
tended Berea College, Berea, Kentucky; Textile School of North
Carolina State College, Raleigh, N. C, and Duke University, Dur-
ham, N. C. Worked in textile mills in Rhode Island and in Gas-
tonia, N. C, 1921-1924. Principal of Ellenboro High School 1924-
1925; Spindale School 1925-1926. Boys' Commissioner, City of
High Point, High Point, N. C, 1925-1933. Appointed Chief In-
spector of the Department of Labor in 1933 by Major A. L.
Fletcher, Commissioner. Granted leave of absence from the De-
partment of Labor to serve as N.R.A. Labor Compliance Officer
for North Carolina 1934-1935. Appointed Commissioner of Labor
by Governor Clyde R. Hoey, September 12, 1938. Elected to the
office of Commissioner of Labor in the General Election November
8, 1938. Re-elected November 5, 1940; November 7, 1944 and Nov-
ember 2, 1948. Member Society of Safety Engineers; Served in the
Navy during World War I. Member American Legion since its
organization; Past Commander of Andrew Jackson Post No. 87 of
American Legion, High Point, N. C; La Society Des 40 Hommes
et Chevau. Past President, North Carolina Conference for Social
Service. Past President, International Association of Govern-
mental Labor Officials. Appointed by President Franklin D. Roose-
velt in 1944 as Advisor to Governmental Delegates to the Inter-
national Labor Organization Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsyl-
vania, and appointed by President Harry S. Truman in 1947 as
Advisor to Governmental Delegates to the International Labor
Organization Conference which met in Geneva, Switzerland. Mem-
ber President's Committee on Industrial Safety. Address: Raleigh,
N. C.

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(Elected by the People)
William Parker Hodges, Democrat, was boi'n in Williamston,
Martin County, N. C, October 19, 1906. Son of W. J. and Deborah
(Parker) Hodges. Attended public schools of Williamston, 1924;
Wake Forest College, LL.B., 1928. Executive Secretary Commis-
sion on Revision of the Laws of North Carolina relating to
Estates, 1936-1939. Kappa Alpha Order, Province Commander,
1935-1936, Blue Goose. Practiced law in Raleigh, 1929-1936; ap-
pointed Chief Deputy Commissioner of Insurance, July, 1936; ap-
pointed Commissioner of Insurance by Governor Broughton, Sep-
tember 10, 1942, to fill the unexpired term of Hon. Dan C. Boney,
deceased. Elected Commissioner of Insurance in the General Elec-
tion, November 7, 1944 and November 2, 1948 for four year terms.
Executive Committee, National Ass'n. of Insurance Commis-
sioners, 1945-46 and 1946-47, Secretary 1947-48 and 1948-49;
member of Board, Law Enforcement Officers Benefit and Retire-
ment Fund. Baptist. Married Miss Olga E. Dodds, August 6, 1935.
Two children: William Parker, Jr., and Elizabeth. Address: Ra-
leigh, N. C.



(Elected by the People)
Harry McMullan, Democrat, was born at Hertford, N. C. July
23, 1884. Son of Dr. J. H. and Lina (Tucker) McMullan. Attended
Edenton Public Schools; LL.B., University of North Carolina
1905; LL.D. (Honorary), University of North Carolina, 1946.
Lawyer. Member D.K.E. and Gimghoul fraternities. Senator from
the Second Senatorial District in the General Assembly of 1929.
Engaged in practice at Washington, N. C. 1907 to 1933; County
Attorney for Beaufort County 1926 to 1933; Chairman North
Carolina Industrial Commission. North Carolina Bar Association.
American Bar Association. Appointed Attorney General by Gov-
ernor Hoey April 30, 1938, to suceed Attorney General A. A. F.
Seawell upon his appointment to the Supreme Court; elected for
the unexpired term of A. A. F. Seawell, November 1938; elected

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for full four-year term, November 5, 1940; re-elected November
7th, 1944 and November 2, 1948. Episcopalian. Married Miss Pattie
M. Baugham of Washington, N. C, October 4, 1911. Four children.
Address: Raleigh, N. C.



(Appointed by the Attorney General)

Walter Foster Anderson, Democrat, was born in Davie County,
N. C, October 8, 1903. Son of James Garfield and Tobitha (Tut-
terow) Anderson. Attended Center Grade School; Mocksville
High; Rutherford College; Institute of Government; FBI National
Academy. Served as member of the Winston-Salem Police Depart-
ment, October 8, 1925-October 1, 1942; Chief of Police of the Win-
ston-Salem Police Department, February 1, 1935 to October 1,
1942; Chief of Police of the Charlotte, N. C. Police Department,
October 1, 1942-April 1, 1946; Past President, FBI National Acad-
emy Associates; 2nd Vice-President, International Association
Chiefs of Police. Mason. Methodist. Married Miss Mary Elizabeth
Powell, April 3, 1926. Three children: Mary Louise Anderson;
Nancy Janet Anderson; Doris Foster Anderson. Address: 1224
Courtland Drive, Raleigh, N. C.



(Appointed by the Governor)
Wilmer Zadoc Betts, Democrat, of Wake County, was born Octo-
ber 17, 1896, in Hillsboro, Orange County, North Carolina. Son of
Wilmer Conrad and Tessie (Ray) Betts. Attended Centennial Pub-
lic School of the City of Raleigh, 1903-1910, and graduated from
the Raleigh High School in 1914; North Carolina State College
1914-1918, B.S. in Civil Engineering. Deck Officer and Extra Ob-
server, U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1918; Civil Engineer on
construction of Camp Polk (Tank Camp) near Raleigh in 1918-
1919; Bridge Designer and Bridge Maintenance Engineer for
North Carolina State Highway Commission 1919-1923; appointed
1923 by Frank Page as Purchasing Agent of the North Carolina

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State Highway Commission and served until 1941; appointed 1941
by Governor J. Melville Broughton as Director of the Division of
Pui'chase and Contract; reappointed 1945 by Governor R. Gregg
Cherry as Director of the Division of Purchase and Contract.
Member of Advisory Committee, Federal Supply Project, Commis-
sion on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government
1948-1949; Consultant, U. S. Treasuiy Department, Bureau of
Federal Supply 1948-1949. Member Hiram Lodge No. 40 Ancient
Free and Accepted Masons of Raleigh; Wilmington Consistory,
Valley of Wilmington, Orient of North Carolina, A.&A.S.R. of F.,
S.J., U.S.A.; Sudan Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. Shrine; Raleigh Shrine
Club; Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity; Theta Tau Engineering Fra-
ternity, North Carolina Society of Engineers; Past Secretary, Past
President and member of the Carolinas-Virginia Purchasing
Agents Association; Past National Director and member of the
National Association of Purchasing Agents; Past Treasurer, Past
President and now Honorary President and a Director of the Na-
tional Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.; member of The
Association of School Business Officials; Past Secretary and mem-
ber of the Lions Club of Raleigh. Director, North Carolina State
College Foundation, Inc.; member of the Advisory Committee on
Engineering School Expansion at North Carolina State College;
member of the Executive Committee of the General Alumni Asso-
ciation of North Carolina State College; member of the Alumni
Memorial Building Committee of North Carolina State College.
Baptist; member of First Baptist Church of Raleigh. Married
Elizabeth Moultrie Drake of Bennettsville, South Carolina, Decem-
ber 27, 1922. Two children: a son. Dr. Wilmer Conrad Betts, M.D.,
and a daughter, Mrs. Baxter Wilson Napier, Jr. Address: Ra-
leigh, N. C.


state librarian
(Appointed by the Governor)
Carrie L. Broughton, Democrat, was born in Wake County, Ra-
leigh, N. C. Daughter of Needham B. and Caroline R. (Lougee)
Broughton. Attended Raleigh Public Schools; Peace Junior Col-
lege; North Carolina College for Women; Meredith College. Mem-
ber American and North Carolina Library associations; North

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Carolina Literary and Historical Association; Chairman Library
Commission. Appointed Assistant State Librarian in 1902 and State
Librarian in 1919. Baptist; active in Church work. Address: 125
Hawthorne Rd., Raleigh, N. C.



(Appointed by the Executive Board of the Department)
Christopher Crittenden, Democrat, was born in Wake Forest,
N. C, December 1, 1902. Son of Charles Christopher and Ethel
(Taylor) Crittenden. Attended Wake Forest Grammar and High
Schools. A.B. Wake Forest College 1921 and A.M. in 1922; Yale
University, Ph.D. 1930. Director State Department of Archives
and History (formerly the State Historical Commission) since
1935; Secretary State Literary and Historical Association since
1935; Member American Historical and Southern Historical asso-
ciations; President Society of American Archivists; President
American Association for State and Local History 1940-1942. Mem-
ber History Club and Watauga Club of Raleigh. Principal Roxo-
bel, N. C, Public School 1922-1923; Instructor in History, Yale
University 1924-1925; University of North Carolina 1926-1929;
Assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina 1930-
1935. Author of North Carolina Newspapers before 1770; The
Commerce of North Carolina 1763-1789; and various historical
articles and book reviews. Editor The North Carolina Historical
Review. Baptist. Married Miss Janet Quinlan of Waynesville,
N. C, 1930. Three children: C, Jr., born 1933; Robert Hinton,
born 1936; Ann Lane, born 1938. Address: Raleigh, N. C.



(Appointed by the Governor)
Robert Bruce Etheridge, Democrat, was born at Manteo, July
31, 1878. Son of Van Buren and Matilda Etheridge. Attended pub-
lic schools of Manteo and Atlantic Collegiate Institute, Elizabeth
City; A.B. Trinity College (now Duke University) 1899. Cashier

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Bank of Manteo 1907-1933. General Insurance. Clerk Superior
Court, Dare County; Superintendent of Schools; member State
Executive Committee 1928-1941; Postmaster, Manteo 1914-1922;
County Chairman Democratic Executive Committee. State Senator
from Second District 1907. Representative in General Assembly
1903, 1905, 1929, 1931, and 1933. Director Department of Con-
servation and Development since 1933. Member New York World's
Fair Commission. Chairman Ex-ofRcio Cape Hatteras National
Seashore Commission. Mason, Treasurer Masonic Lodge twelve
years; Junior Order; Woodmen of America; Red Men; Kappa
Sigma (college fraternity). Married Miss Elizabeth Webb, April
22, 1908. Address: Manteo, N. C.



(Appointed by the Governor)

Edwin Maurice Gill, Democrat, was born in Laurinburg, N. C,
July 20, 1899. Son of Thomas Jeffries and Mamie (North) Gill.
Graduate of Laurinburg High School; Trinity College, 1922-24.
Representative in the General Assembly from Scotland County,
1929 and 1931. Private Secretary, Governor Gardner, 1931-1933;
Commissioner of Paroles, 1933-1942; appointed Commissioner of
Revenue by Governor Broughton, July 1, 1942. Member North
Carolina Probation Commission since 1937. Admitted to the Bar
January 28, 1924 and practiced law in Laurinburg, 1924-1931 as
a member of the firm of Gibson and Gill. Member North Carolina
Bar Association. President American Parole Association, 1940-
1941; President Southeastern States Probation and Parole Asso-
ciation, 1939-1940; Vice-President, The American Parole Associa-
tion, 1939-1940; Secretary-Treasurer, 1938-1939; Director Ameri-
can Prison Association, 1939-1940; Vice President, 1941-1942.
Member of Executive Committee of the National Tax Association,
1944-1947. Member of Executive Committee of National Associa-
tion of Tax Administrators for terms 1946-48 and 1948-50; Mem-
ber of the American Legion. Sigma Nu Phi, legal fraternity, and
Omicron Delta .Kappa, leadership fraternity, honorary member,
Duke University, 1940. Methodist. Address: Raleigh, N. C,

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(Appointed by the Governor with Advice and
Consent of the Senate)

Gurney Pope Hood, Democrat, was born in Grantham's Town-
ship, Wayne County, N. C, November 26, 1884. Son of Solomon
Pope and Betsey (Rhodes) Hood. Attended Wayne County Public
Schools 1890-1899; Goldsboro Graded School 1900-1901. Studied
law under private teacher 1906-1908; licensed to practice 1908.
Appointed Commissioner of Banks April 1931. Member National
Association of Supervisors of State Banks; President 1938-1939;
Chairman Executive Committee 1937-1938; Chairman District No.
2, 1940-1943. President Hood Finance Corporation 1924-1929; Pres-
ident, The Hood System, Inc., 1929-1931; Served as officer for va-
rious banking institutions in North Carolina. Alderman, Golds-
boro, 1911, 1913; Mayor, Morehead City, 1917-1919. Member House
of Representatives from Wayne County in the General Assembly
of 1929 and 1931. Corporal North Carolina National Guard 1906-
1908. Mason; I.O.O.F.; Woodmen of the World; Past State Coun-
cilor, Junior Order United American Mechanics, and State Coun-
cil Treasurer; Member National Board of Trustees 1929-1941;
Member National Board of Control since 1941. Methodist; Lay
Leader 1919-1920; Member Commission on Budget, Annual Con-
ference 1930-1940; Member Commission on World Service and Fi-
nance, Annual Conference since 1940; President since 1944; Dele-
gate to General Conference 1938; Uniting Conference 1939; Juris-
dictional Conference 1940-1944; General Conference, The Meth-
odist Church 1940-1944. Vice-President, North Carolina Council of
Churches 1948; Member Board of Directors, National Conference
of Christians and Jews 1948. Married Miss Marion Lee Stevens,
June 16, 1915. Children: Robin Pope, Samuel Stevens and Lee
Rawlings Hood. Address: Goldsboro, N. C.

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(Appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Senate)

Fred Caldwell Hunter, Democrat, was born in Mecklenburg
County, N. C, April 14, 1884. Son of J. G. Mc. and Jane E. Hun-
ter. Attended Bethany High School, Clover, S. C, 1904-1906; A.B.
University of North Carolina 1911; LL.B. Washington and Lee
University 1915. Judge Mecklenburg County Recorder's Court 1930-
1938. Appointed Utilities Commissioner by Governor Broughton,
April 1941, reappointed February 1943. Presbyterian. Address:
Raleigh, N. C. Permanent Address: Route 10, Charlotte, N. C.



(Appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Senate)

Robert Grady Johnson, Democrat, was born at Burgaw, N. C,
May 5, 1895. Son of Joab F. and Myrtie (Grady) Johnson. Edu-
cated at Burgaw High School; University of North Carolina and
Wake Forest College. Private U. S. Army February 1918 to May
1919. Mason. Lawyer. Member Board of Aldermen Burgaw 1922-
1928; Chairman County Board of Elections; Member Democratic
Executive Committee; Senator in the General Assembly of 1929;
Representative from Pender County in 1931 and 1933; Speaker,

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