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In April, 1865, when he was eight, Paul Barringer defeated the fleeing Jefferson Davis in a chess match when the Confederate president spent the night in Concord. Barringer later earned a medical degree and was a medical pioneer in the New South.
In 1959, Paul Barringer and two associates purchased Coastal Lumber from his father and uncle. Today the Weldon-based company is one of the state's ten largest privately-owned companies and \"one of the largest independent wood products companies in the United States.\" Barringer is featured in this month's NORTH CAROLINA magazine's \"executive profile.\"