Chief Judges of the NC Supreme Court

Sarah Elizabeth Parker

Parker, Sarah

Born: Charlotte, NC Living Education: Meredith College, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC School of Law Admitted: 1969 App’t NC Court of Appeals: 1984 Elected to COA: 1986, 1990 Elected to Supreme Court: 1992 Defeated in Election: 1994 App’t to Supreme Court: 1995 Elected to Supreme Court: 1996 Elected to Suprme Court: 2004 App’t Chief Justice: 2006 Elected Chief Justice: 6 Feb 2006 Retired: 31 Aug 2014

Robert Hunt Parker

Parker, R. Hunt

Born: 15 Jan 1892, Halifax Co., NC Died: 10 November 1969 Buried: Elwood Cemetery, Enfield, NC Education: UNC, University of Virginia, University of Virginia Law School, Wake Forest Law School Read Law: Admitted: 1914 NC House: 1923 App’t to Superior Court: 1932 Elected to Superior Court: 1932, 1934, 1942, 1950 Elected to Supreme Court: 1952, 1953 App’t Chief Justice: 1966 Elected Chief Justice: 5 Jan …

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Frederick Nash

Nash, Frederick

Born: 9 Feb 1781, Governor’s Palace, New Bern, NC Died: 5 Dec 1858 Buried: Presbyterian Church, Hillsborough, NC Education: Rev. Henry Patillo, Rev. Thomas Irving, Princeton College Read Law: Edward Harris Admitted: 1801 Opened law school: 1841 House of Commons: New Bern 1804, 1805, Orange Co. 1814, 1816, 1817, Hillsborough 1828, 1829 Elected to Superior Court: 1818 Resigned: 1826 Elected to Superior Court: 1836 Elected to …

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Burley Baynard Mitchell Jr

Mitchell, Burley

Born: 15 Dec. 1940, Oxford, NC, Living Education: NC State, UNC Law School Admitted: 1969 App’t District Attorney: 1972 App’t NC Court of Appeals: 1977 Elected to COA: 1978 Resigned: 1979 App’t Supreme Court: 1982 Elected to Suprme Court: 1982, 1984 App’t Chief Justice: 1994 Elected Chief Justice: 3 Jan 1995 Resignation: 1 Sep 1999

Augustus S Merrimon

Merrimon, Augustus

Born: 15 Sept 1830, Cherryfields Plantation, Transylvania Co., NC Died: 14 Nov 1892 Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC Education: Norwood’s Male Academy Read Law: John W. Woodfin Admitted: 1852 House of Commons: 1860, 1861 United States Senate: 1873 Elected to Superior Court: 1866 Resigned: 1867 App’t to Supreme Court: 29 Sept 1883 Elected to Supreme Court: Nov 1886 App’t Chief Justice: 16 Nov 1889 Elected Chief Justice: Nov …

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I. Beverly Lake Jr.

Lake, I. Beverly Jr

Born: 30 Jan. 1934, Raleigh, NC Living Education: Wake Forest Law School Admitted: 1960 App’t Superior Court: 1985 App’t Supreme Court: 1992 Defeated in Election: 1992 Elected to Supreme Court: 1994 Elected Chief Justice: 3 Jan 2001 Retired: 30 Jan 2006 Preceded by: Associate Justice: Harry Martin (1992), Sarah Parker (1994) Chief Justice: Henry Frye Succeeded by: Associate Justice: Sarah Parker (1992), G. K. Butterfield …

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Hoke, William

Born: 25 Oct 1851, Lincolnton, NC Education: Private Schools,      Judge Richmond Pearson,      Richmond Hill Law School Read Law: Admitted: 25 Oct 1872 House of Commons: 1889 Elected to Superior Court: 1890 Elected to Supreme Court: 1904, 1912, 1920 App’t Chief Justice: 1924 Elected Chief Justice: 2 Jun 1924 Resigned: 16 Mar 1925 Preceded by: Associate Justice: Robert A. Douglas Chief Justice: Walter …

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Leonard Henderson

Henderson, Leonard

Born: 6 Oct 1772, Granville Co., NC Died: 13 Aug 1833, Granville Co., NC Buried: Montpelier Plantation, Granville Co., NC Education: Springer College, Williamsboro, NC Read Law: Judge John Williams Admitted: unknown Opened Henderson law school: 1809 Elected to Superior Court: 1808 Elected to Supreme Court: 1 Jan 1819 Named Chief Justice: 13 Aug 1829 Retired: 13 Aug 1833 Preceded by: Associate Justice: N/A Chief …

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David M Furches

Furches, David

Born: 21 Apr 1832, Davie Co., NC Died: 8 Jun 1908 Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Statesville, N C Education: Union Academy, Judge Richmond Pearson, Richmond Hill Law School Read Law: Admitted: 1857 State Convention: 1865 App’t Superior Court: 1875 Term expired: Jan 1879 Elected to Supreme Court: Nov 1894 App’t Chief Justice: 5 Jan 1901 Term expired: 1903 Preceded by: Associate Justice: James McRae Chief Justice: William T. …

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Henry Frye

Frye, Henry

Born: 1 Aug. 1932, Ellerbe, NC Living Education: NC A&T State University, UNC Law School Admitted: 1959 NC House: 1968-1980 NC Senate: 1981-1982 App’t Supreme Court: 1983 Elected to Supreme Court: 1984, 1992 App’t Chief Justice: 7 Sep 1999 Defeated in election: 2 Jan 2000 Preceded by: Associate Justice: J. Phil Carlton Chief Justice: Burley Mitchell Succeeded by: Associate Justice: Franklin Freeman Chief Justice: I. Beverly …

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