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tice law, 1919. Member law firm of Denny & Gaston, 1919-1921,
Mangum & Denny, 1921-1930, practiced alone, 1930-1942. Attor-
nef for Gaston County, 1927-42; North Carolina Railroad, 1937-
1938; Mayor of Gastonia, 1929-1937. Member State and Ameri-
can Bar Associations. Chairman State Democratic Executive Com-
mittee, 1940-1942. Enlisted as Private World War I, December 8,
1917, promoted to Corporal, Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Master
Electrician. Served in Aviation Section Signal Corps, Kelly Field,
Texas, and Vancouver Barracks, Washington. Discharged Febru-
ary 22, 1919. Member Gaston Post No. 23, American Legion. Past
Master Holland Memorial Lodge No. 668, A.F. and A.M.; Past
High Priest Gastonia Chapter No. 66, Royal Arch Masons and
member Gastonia Commandery, No. 28, Knights Templar. Phi
Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. Baptist. Appointed Associate Justice
Supreme Court of North Carolina by Governor Broughton, Janu-
ary, 1942, to succeed the late Associate Justice Heriot Clarkson.
Elected to fill out the unexpired term and for the full eight-year
term, November 3, 1942. Married Miss Bessie Brandt Brown, Sal-
isbury, N. C, December 27, 1922. Children: Emery Byrd, Jr.;
Betty Brown, Sarah Catherine, and Jean Stone. Address: Raleigh,
N. C. Home Address: Gastonia, N. C.

SAM J. ERVIN, JR.

associate justice
Sam J. Ervin, Jr., son of Samuel James and Laura (Powe)
Ervin, was born at Morganton, N. C, September 27, 1896; grad-
uated from the University of North Carolina with A.B. degree
in 1917, and from Harvard Law School with LL.B. degree in
1922; served in France with the First Division for 18 months in
the First World War; twice wounded in battle, twice cited for
gallantry in action, and awarded the French Fourragere, the
Purple Heart with one Oakleaf Cluster, the Silver Star, and the
Distinguished Service Cross; admitted to the North Carolina bar
in 1919 and subsequently licensed to practice before various Fed-
eral agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court of the
United States; engaged in practice of law at Morganton since



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1922 with exception of periods of service on bench; has served
in the following- capacities, namely: Representative from Burke
County in General Assemblies of 1923, 1925, and 1931; Chairman,
Burke County Democratic Executive Committee, 1924; Trustee,
Morganton Graded Schools, 1927-1930; Member State Democratic
Executive Committee, 1930-1937; Trustee University of North
Carolina, 1932-1935, 1945-1946; Judge, Burke County Criminal
Court, 1935-1937; Judge, North Carolina Superior Court, 1937-
1943, resigning to resume practice of law; Member State Board of
Law Examiners, 1944-1946; Member, North Carolina Hospital and
Medical Care Commission, 1944; Government Appeal Agent,
Burke County Selective Service Board No. 2, and Chairman,
Burke County Labor Mobilization Board, Second World War;
Representative from Tenth North Carolina District in 79th Con-
gress, 1946-1947, declining: to seek renomination to resume prac-
tice of law; Chairman, North Carolina Commission for Improve-
ment of Administration of Justice, 1947-1949; Trustee, Davidson
College, 1948-1950; Associate Justice, State Supreme Court, since
February 3, 1948, having- been originally appointed to such office
by Governor Cherry and having been subsequently elected thereto
in November, 1948; Member of the following organizations: North
Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina State Bar, American
Bar Association, Association of Interstate Commerce Commission
Practitioners, General Alumni Association of University of North
Carolina (president, 1947-1948), American Legion, Veterans of
Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Society of the First
Division, Army and Navy Legion of Valor, Morganton Kiwanis
Club, Morganton Chamber of Commerce, State Literary and His-
torical Association, Southern Historical Association, Society of
Mayflower Descendants, Sigma Upsilon, Phi Delta Phi, Junior
Order, Knights of Pythias, Dokies, Knights Templar, Scottish
Rite Masons (32nd degree), Morganton Presbyterian Church
(elder) ; married Margaret Bruce Bell, of Concord, N. C, June
18, 1924; three children: Sam J. Ervin, 3rd., Margaret Leslie
Ervin, and Laura Powe Ervin. Home: Morganton, N. C. Office:
Raleigh, N. C.



Members of the Genero! Assembly

HOYT PATRICK TAYLOR

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AND PRESIDENT OF SENATE

Hoyt Patrick Taylor, Democrat, was born at Winton, N. C,
June 11, 1890. Son of Simeon P. and Kate (Ward) Taylor. At-
tended Winton High School and Academy; Horner Military
School; Wake Forest College. Lawyer. Vice-President and Dii"ector
of Anson Sanatorium and Carolina Concrete Pipe Company.
Director of Anson Telephone and Telegraph Company, Anson
Building- and Loan Association, Anson Real Estate and Insurance
Co., Hornwood Warp Knitting Company and Wadesboro Electric
Service Company. Chairman of Board of Trustees of Meredith
College. Former Mayor of Wadesboro, Chairman of Anson County
Democratic Executive Committee, and Member Board of Trustees
of the University of North Carolina. Served overseas with 371st
Infantry in World War I, and awarded Silver Star and Purple
Heart Decorations, and personal citation by General Pershing.
State Senator from the Nineteenth Senatorial District in the Gen-
eral Assemblies of 1937, 1939 and 1943, and the Special Sessions
of 1936 and 1938. Legislative Assistant to the Governor General
Assembly of 1945. Chairman of Finance Committee of the Senate
in 1939, and Chairman of Appropriations Committee in 1943.
Member of Advisory Budget Commission and Division of Purchase
and Contract 1939, 1940 and 1943, 1944. Elected Lieutenant Gov-
ernor November 4, 1948. Elected Chairman State Board of Educa-
tion 1949. Charter Member Anson County Post No. 31 American
Legion. Member Wadesboro Rotary and Executives Clubs. Mem-
ber of Woodmen of the World, and Mason, Carolina Consistory,
and Oasis Templer of the Shrine. Baptist. Married Miss Inez
Wooten of Chadbourn, N. C, June 28, 1923. Three children : Hoyt
Patrick Taylor, Jr.; Carolina Corbett Taylor; and Frank Wooten
Taylor. Address: Wadesboro, N. C.

JULIAN RUSSELL ALLSBROOK

(Fourth District — Counties: Edgecombe and Halifax. Two
Senators.)

Julian Russell Allsbrook, Democrat, Senator from the Fourth
Senatorial District, was born in Roanoke Rapids, N. C, February
17, 1903. Son of William Clemens and Bennie Alice (Waller)
Allsbrook. Gi'aduated from Roanoke Rapids Public Schools in 1920 ;
attended University of North Carolina 1920-1924; President stu-



Hoyt P. Taylor

Lieutenant Governor

President of the Senate



Allsbrook of Halifax
Barnhardt of Cabarrus
Hlytlie of Mecklenburg



Brock of Davie

Campen of Pamlico
Crawford of Jackson



Currie of Durham

Dalton of Rutherford
Dearman of Iredell



Eagles of Wilson

Fountain of Edgecombe
Gass of Forsyth



Gibbs of Warren
Halstead of Camden
Hester of Bladen








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dent body 1923-1924; permanent Vice President Class of 1924; Uni-
versity Law School, 1922-1924. Lawyer. Member Halifax County
Bar Association. Presidential Elector from Second Congressional
District, 1936. Former member Board of Trustees Roanoke Rapids
School District; Board of City Commissioners of Roanoke Rapids
for one term. Senator from the Fourth Senatorial District in the
General Assembly of 1935 and 1947. Representative from Halifax
County in General Assembly of 1941. Democratic nominee to State
Senate (1942) Primary. Resigned to enter U. S. Naval Reserve as
Lieutenant (1942) and served until placed on Inactive Duty (1945).
Lieutenant-Commander U. S. Naval Reserve. Phi Alpha Delta Law
Fraternity. College honors: Golden Fleece, Order of the Grail, Tau
Kappa Alpha Debating Fraternity. Mason; Widow's Son Lodge
No. 519. Woodmen of the World. Member Roanoke Rapids
Kiwanis Club. Baptist. Married Miss Frances Virginia Brown of
Garysburg, N. C, June 24, 1926. Children : Richard Brown, Mary
Frances and Alice Harris. Address: Roanoke Rapids, N. C.

LUTHER ERNEST EARNHARDT

(Twenty-first District — Counties: Rowan and Cabarrus. Two
Senators.)

Luther Ernest Barnhardt, Democrat, Senator from the Twenty-
first Senatorial District, was born at Concord, N. C, November
29, 1903. Son of George Thomas and Lillie Virginia (Faggart)
Barnhardt. Graduated from Concord High School, May, 1921;
LL.B. Wake Forest College, May, 1925. Lawyer. Member Cabar-
rus County Bar Association, President, 1942; member State Bar
and American Bar Associations. Chairman Cabarrus County
Board of Elections, 1933-1944. Pi Kappa Alpha (Wake Forest
College) National Fraternity; Charter member Golden Bough;
Secretary Student Body. Member Rotary International. Trustee
Concord Community Center, 1940-1941; Trustee Public Library
1943. Member General Statutes Commission; Secretary and
Director Concord Chamber of Commerce; National Counsellor,
U. S. Chamber of Commerce; Vice-President and Director Concord
Community Boys' Club, Inc. State Senator in the General Assem-
bly, 1945 and 1947. Methodist; Member Board of Stewards;
Teacher Adult Bible Class. Married Miss Burvelle McFarland, June
3, 1930. Four children: Luther Ernest, Jr.; Phoebe Jean; John
McFarland; Ann Drucilla Barnhardt. Address: Concord, N. C.



*JOSEPH LEE BLYTHE

(Ttve7itieth District — County: Mecklenburg. One Sena-
tor.)

Joseph Lee Blythe, Democrat, Senator from the Twen-
tieth Senatorial District, was born in Huntersville, N. C,
November 8, 1890. Son of Richard Samuel and Virginia
(Gamble) Blythe. Attended Huntersville High School,
1897-1908. Master Engineer Sr. Gr., United States Army,
May 26, 1917 to July 21, 1919. Vice-President Blythe
Brothers Company; Vice-President Charlotte Equipment
Company; Secretary and Treasurer Concrete Supply
Company; President First Federal Savings and Loan
Association; President Piedmont Mop Company; Member
of National Association of Manufacturers; Member Asso-
ciated General Contractors of America; Member United
States Chamber of Commerce and the American Road
Builders Association. Senator from the Twentieth District
in the General Assembly of 1939, 1941, 1943, 1945, and
1947. State Director of Finance for Democratic National
Committee, 1941-1945; Elected Democratic National Com-
mitteemen for North Carolina by the North Carolina
State Executive Committee upon resignation of Com-
mitteeman in 1947, then reelected National Committee-
man at the Convention by the Democratic National Com-
mittee in Philadelphia in July, 1948. Appointed Treasurer
of Democratic National Committee on May 28, 1948:
Elected Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee
July 15, 1948 at the meeting of the Democratic National
Committee in Philadelphia. Member Masonic Order;
Shrine (Oasis Temple); Elks; President, Mecklenburg
Historical Society; Charlotte Country Club; Civitan Club.
Member American Legion. Member Associate Reformed
Presbyterian Church; Elder. Married Miss Cherrye High,
September 14, 1921. Four children: Joseph Lee, Jr.; Sam
uel Fitzhugh; Jane Chamblee; and Mrs. H. R. Richard-
son. Address: 2238 Pinewood Circle, Charlotte, N. C.



* Died January 23, 1949.



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BURR COLEY BROCK



(Twenty-fourth District — Counties: Davie, Wilkes, and Yadkin,
One Senator.)

Burr Coley Brock, Republican, Senator from the Twenty-fourth
Senatorial District, was born in Farmington, N. C, November
26, 1891. Son of Moses B. and Vert (Coley) Brock. Attended
schools of Cooleemee, Woodleaf, Farmington and Clemmons High
School, graduating in 1913; University Law School, 1913-1915;
A.B. 1916. Lawyer. Mason; Junior Order United American Me-
chanics; Odd Fellows; Woodmen of the World; President Mocks-
ville Lodge of P. O. S. of A., also county and district president,
Chairman Boy Scout Committee, Farmington, 1940-1949; Member
School Committee, 1941-1949. Representative in the General As-
sembly from Davie County in 1917, 1933 and 1935; State Senator,
1937 and 1943. Minority leader in the General Assembly, 1933;
Chairman Joint House and Senate Caucus Committee, 1935. Meth-
odist; Teacher Young Men's Class for eight years, Mocksville
M. E. Church South; now teaching Men's Wesley Bible Class;
Chairman Circuit Board of Stewards and Lay Leader Farming-
ton M. E. Circuit; Superintendent of Sunday School for past two
years; Associate Lay Leader Elkin District, 1940-1941; Lay
Leader, 1942-43; Associate Lay Leader of Thomasville; Secretary
and Treasurer of District Trustees and Member of the location
and building committee. Government appeal agent World War IL
Married Miss Laura Tabor, December 23, 1919. Children: B. C.
Brock, Jr., Margaret Jo, Francis, John Tabor, James Moses, Rich-
ard Joe, William Laurie and Rufus Leo. Address: Mocksville, N. C.

SAM MACK CAMPEN

(Second District — Counties: Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Martin,
Pamlico, Tyrrell, and Washington. Two Senators.)

Sam Mack Campen, Democrat, Senator from the Second Sena-
torial District, was born at Alliance, N. C, April 17, 1889. Son
of Samuel and Sally (Potter) Campen. Attended Trinity Park
School; Trinity College (Duke), 1906-1908, Class 1910. Merchant
and Farmer. Postmaster, Alliance, 1913-1927; Chairman Pamlico
County Board of Education, 1921-1930. Member of Masonic Lodge
Bayboro, No. 331; Scottish Rite, New Bern; Shrine, Sudan



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Temple, New Bern. Married Miss Julia Weskett, August 27, 1913.
One daughter: Mrs. W. C. Barfield, Wilmington; one grandson.
Address: Alliance, N. C.

WILLIAM HOWARD CRAWFORD

(Thirty-second Distrct — Counties: Haywood, Henderson, Jack-
son, Polk, and Transylvania. Two Senators.)

William Howard Crawford, Democrat, Senator from the Thirty-
second Senatorial District, was born at Cullowhee, N. C, March
15, 1911. Son of W. E. and Emma T. (Painter) Crawford. At-
tended Cullowhee Training School; Cullowhee High School, 1926-
1930; B.S. Degree, Western Carolina Teacher's College, 1936.
School principal and business man. Member of Lodge No. 358
A. F. & A. M. Methodist; Board of Stewards; Sunday School
Superintendent, 1939 to present. Married Miss Carma Jean Ashe.
Two children : Yvonne and Carolyn Jean. Address : Sylva, N. C.

CLAUDE CURRIE

(Fourteenth District — Counties : Durham, Granville and Person.
Two Senators.)

Claude Currie, Democrat, Senator from the Fourteenth Sena-
torial District, was born in Candor, Montgomery County, N. C,
December 8, 1890. Son of John C. and Louise (McKinnon) Currie.
Attended Oak Ridge Military Institute, 1911-1914; University
North Carolina, A.B. and LL.B., 1926. Building and Loan Asso-
ciation. State Senator, Eighteenth Senatorial District, 1927, 1945,
and 1947. United States Army Air Corps, 1917-1919; Pursuit
Observer, Sgt. Presbyterian. Address : Durham, N. C.

CHARLES CLAXTON DALTON

(Twenty-seventh District — Counties: Cleveland, McDowell, and
Rutherford. Two Senators.)

Charles Claxton Dalton, Democrat, Senator from the Twenty-
seventh Senatorial District, was born in Rutherford County, June
1, 1906. Son of E. Harvey and Laura (Weber) Dalton. Attended
Forest City High School, 1923-1926; University of North Caro-
lina, 1930, A.B. Degree; Southeastern University, Washington,



400 North Carolina Manual

D. C, 1933-193G, LL.B. Degree. Lawyer. Member of North Car-
olina State Bar Association; Rutherford County Bar Associa-
tion ; Spindale Rotary Chib. Solicitor, Rutherford County Re-
corder's Court, 194G-1948. Sgt. Special Agent Counter-intelligence
Corp, November 4, 1942-October 12, 1945. Member of Spindale
Masonic Lodge No. 673. Methodist. Married Miss Amanda Haynes,
December 20, 1936. One daughter: Laura Elizabeth Dalton. Ad-
dress: Spindale, N. C.

CLAUDIUS HURSELL DEARMAN

(Ttveniy-fifth District — Counties: Catawba, Iredell, and Lincoln.
Two Senators.)

Claudius Hursell Dearman, Democrat, Senator from the twenty-
fifth Senatorial District, was born at Harmony, N. C, June 1,
1901. Son of C. A. and Elizabeth Jane (Albea) Dearman. At-
tended Harmony High School, 1916-1920; University of North
Carolina, 1921-1924; University of North Carolina Law School,
1925-1926. Lawyer. Member of State and County Bar Associa-
tions; Phi Delta Phi (Legal). Chairman of Statesville City School
Board, 1939-1948. Mason; Statesville Lodge No. 27. Lieutenant,
U, S. Naval Service, August, 1942; returned to inactive duty as
Lieutenant Commander in November, 1945; Pacific Theater of
Operations (Okinawa). Methodist; Member of Board of Stewards;
Teacher of Men's Bible Class, 1933-1942. Married Miss Henrie
Miller, June 18, 1932. One son: Henry Hursell Dearman, age
fourteen. Address: Statesville, N. C.



JOSEPH COLIN EAGLES, JR.

(Sixth District — Counties: Franklin, Nash, and Wilson. Two
Senators.)

Joseph Colin Eagles, Jr., Democrat, Senator from the Sixth
Senatorial District, was born at Wilson, N. C, October 5, 1910.
Son of J. C. and Susie Whitehead (Moye) Eagles. Attended Wil-
son High School, 1923-1927; University of North Carolina, A.B.,
1931; University of North Carolina Law School, J.D., 1934. To-
bacconist and Farmer. Member of Kappa Sigma and Phi Beta
Kappa Fraternities. Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy, 1944-1946.



Hodges of Henderson
Jones of Pitt

Larkins of Jones



Little of Anson
Long of Person
Marshall of Stokes



McKinnon of Robeson

Moss of Nash

Nichols of Cherokee



Parker of Buncombe
Pate of Scotland
Penny of Guilford



Perry of Watauga
Peterson of Mitchell
Phillips of Davidson



Pittman of Lee

Price of Rockingham
Rankin of Gaston




402 North Carolina Manual

Episcopalian, Vestryman, 1943-1944. Maii-ied Miss Betty Ledford
Sparks, 1938. Two children: Betsy Boyden Eagles; Joseph Colin
Eagles, III. Address: 1100 West Nash St., Wilson, N. C.



LAWRENCE H. FOUNTAIN

(Fourth District — Counties: Edgecombe and Halifax. Two Sen-
ators.)

Lawrence H. Fountain, Democrat, Senator from the Fourth
Senatorial District, was born in the village of Leggett, N. C,
Edgecombe County. Son of the late Lawrence H. and Sallie
(Barnes) Fountain. Attended Leggett High and Tarboro High
Schools; University of North Carolina, A.B. degree, 1934; LL.B.,
1936; Winner of Wiley P. Mangum Oratorical Medal and Mary D.
Wright Debate Medal; Pi'esident Philanthrophic Literary Society;
Member Debate Council; Member Board of Directors, Graham Me-
morial Building; Member of Y.M.C.A. Deputation Teams visiting
Schools, Churches and other Institutions in State on behalf of
University. Lawyer. Member Edgecombe County Bar Association;
North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Bar Association;
American Bar Association. Law Partner of V. E. Fountain in
Law Firm of Fountain & Fountain, Tarboro, N. C. Member Tar-
boro Kiwanis Club, Past President, 1940; former President Young
Democratic Club of Edgecombe County; Eastern Organizer of
Y D C's of North Carolina during administration of Ralph W.
Gardner; former chairman, 2nd Congressional District Executive
Committee of Y D C's of North Carolina. Member, Tarboro Mer-
chants Association; Tarboro Chamber of Commerce; Tarboro
Junior Chamber of Commerce; a Director of Edgecombe County
Chapter, American Red Cross. Elected Tarboro's man of the year
in 1948. Charter member of Tarboro's Executive Club. Reading
Clerk in North Carolina State Senate, 1936 Special Session; 1937
Regular Session; extraordinary Session of 1938; 1939 Regular
Session; 1941 Regular Session. State Senator from the Fourth
Senatorial District in the General Assembly of 1947. Enlisted in
Army of United States, March 4, 1942, with grade of Private;
advanced to Corporal and Staff Sgt. ; released from service as
Major, J.A.G.O., March 4, 1946. Presbyterian; Deacon, 1941-1946;
Ordained as Elder in June, 1946; to date, Sunday School attend-



Biographical Sketches 403

ence record of 32 years without absence; teacher Men's Bible
Class, Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church, regularly broad-
cast over Radio Station WCPS, Tarboro, N. C, each Sunday.
Married Miss Chi'istine Dail of Mount Olive, N. C, May 14, 1942.
Address: Tarboro, N. C.



MARSHALL REX GASS

{Twenty-second District — County: Forsyth. One Senator.)

Marshall Rex Gass, Democrat, Senator from the Twenty-second
Senatorial District, was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, December
8, 1879. Son of William and Rebecca Adeline (Fox) Gass. Received
his education at Knoxville, Tennessee. Tobacconist. Automobile
Storage and Oil Dealer. Past Member and Director of the Cham-
ber of Commerce; Past President of the Virginia-North Carolina
Warehousemen's Association; Vice President Winston-Salem To-
bacco Board of Trade, 1931. Representative in the General Assem-
bly 1937, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1945, and 1947. Methodist. Married
Miss Bessie Mae Lloyd, December 24, 1912. Two children: Rex,
Jr., and Ralph. Address: Winston-Salem, N. C.



FRANK HERBERT GIBBS

(Third District — Counties: Northampton, Vance, and Warren.
One Senator.)

Frank Herbert Gibbs, Democrat, Senator from the Third Sena-
torial District, was born in Rockingham, August 4, 1895. Son of
J. T. and Mary Alice (Overbaugh) Gibbs. Attended Trinity Col-
lege, 1912-1914 (academic) ; Law School, 1914-1916. Lawyer.
Mayor of Warrenton, May, 1920, to November, 1934 and from
December, 1941, to November, 1947. Ensign, U. S. N. R. F. (Naval
Aviator); Enrolled December 11, 1917; Active service, March 4,
1918 to December 23, 1918. Sigma Chi Fraternity. State Senator
in the General Assembly of 1935 and 1939. Methodist. Married
Miss Mary Tasker Polk, December 15, 1921. Two children: Mary
Tasker and Frank H., Jr. Address: Warrenton, N. C.



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WILLIAM IRA HALSTEAD

(First District — Counties: Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck,

Gates, Hertford, Pasquotank, and Perquimans. Two Senators.)

William Ira Halstead, Democrat, Senator from the First Sena-
torial District, was born in Camden County, N. C, September 16,
1878. Son of Lemuel H. and Laura V. (Lamb) Halstead. Attended
Atlantic Collegiate Institute, Elizabeth City, N. C; Wake Forest
College; was licensed to practice law, September, 1909. Lawyer.
Past President First District Bar; County Attorney. Mason (Past
Master) ; Red Men (Past Sachem) ; Past President of Ruritan
Club. Received awards for Selective Service, Civilian Defense
and numerous activities during World War II. Representative in
the General Assembly of 1929, 1931, 1941, 1943, and 1947; State
Senator from the First Senatorial District, Special Sessions, 1936
and 1938, Regular Sessions 1937 and 1939. Methodist (District
Lay Leader) ; Teacher of Bible Class. First marriage to Miss Pau-
line Jacobs, May 10, 1903 who died September 20, 1935. Second
marriage to Miss Flora Ashe, Wadesboro, N. C, December, 1943.
Three sons, William Leon, John Wiley and Lemuel Hubert; two
grandchildren. Address: South Mills, N. C.

ROBERT JAMES HESTER, JR.

(Tenth District — Counties: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, and
Cumberland. Two Senators.)

Robert James Hester, Jr., Democrat, Senator from the Tenth
Senatorial District, was born in Elizabethtown, N. C, February 5,
1904. Son of Robert James and Rena Gaston (Melvin) Hester. At-
tended Elizabethtown High School; Wingate Junior College, 1920-
1923; Wake Forest College, 1923-1926. Lawyer, Member North
Carolina State Bar. Member Ninth District Bar Association and
Bladen County Bar Association ; served as President and Secretary
of both. Mayor of Elizabethtown, 1927-1928; Judge, Bladen
County Recorder's Court, 1928-1933; Solicitor, 1937-1938. Demo-
cratic Precinct Chairman about eight years; Chairman, Bladen
County Democratic Executive Committee, 1939-1944; State Demo-
cratic Executive Committee two years. Junior Order United Amer-
ican Mechanics, Member Masonic Order. Rotary International,
Past President Elizabethtown Club. State Senator in the General



Biographical Sketches 405

Assembly of 1945 and 1947. Presbyterian; President, Men's Bible
Class; Deacon. Married Miss Mary Pitkin Thomas, June 1, 1927.
Two children: Robert J. Hester, 3rd, age 19. Herbert Thomas
Hester, age 2 years. Address: Elizabethtown, N. C.

WILLIAM BRYAN HODGES

(Thirty-second District — Counties: Haywood, Henderson, Jack-
son, Polk and Transylvania. Two Senators.)

William Bryan Hodges, Democrat, Senator from the Thirty-sec-
ond Senatorial District, was born in Norfolk, Va., October 9,
1900. Son of Samuel Thompson and Louisa (Kirk) Hodges. At-
tended Blue Ridge School for boys, Hendersonville, 1916-1917;
Davidson College, 1919-1920. Banker. President State Trust Co.,
Hendersonville. State Senator from the Thirty-second Senatorial
District in the General Assembly of 1945. Methodist. Married Miss



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