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37465
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William P. Roberts was the Democratic representative from Gates County, NC, who introduced legislation in 1877 to change the county government system and limit the number of blacks who could hold local public offices. His proposal was enacted.
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37976
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Grace Santos (1894-1987) was a Gates County native, began as an errand girl in an apparel factory in New York City, rose to become an dressmaking inspector, and finally became a seamstress of much renown.
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38817
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John A. ‘Jack’ Fairless, of Gates Co., NC, was a scoundrel, that joined the Confederate Army. He deserted after an incident and became a ‘Buffalo,’ or ‘Home Guard thief,’ becoming a part of Company E, 1st Regiment of Union Volunteers. These men were headquartered at Wingfield Plantation on the Chowan River, where they robbed their former neighbors, destroyed property and generally made a nuisance of themselves. Lt. John A. ‘Jack’ Fairless was shot to death in October 1862 during a drunken argument with a private in his own company.
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38818
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Laurence Simmons Baker, a native of Gates County, NC, graduated last in his class at West Point, and served as a Captain in the United States Mounted Rifles in the western frontier. Baker resigned his commission at the start of the Civil War and became a Colonel in the 1st NC Cavalry. After several battles, he was promoted in 1864 to Brigadier General. Baker then lost his right arm in a battle and after a year became Commander of the Second Military District overseeing the defense of railroads and vital supply lines. He went back into battle at the end of the war. After the war, Baker became a farmer, an insurance agent and in 1878 became a station agent in Suffolk, VA.
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38819
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William Paul Roberts, a native of Gates Co., NC, was a teacher, enlisted in the Civil War in 1861 as a private, rose quickly through the ranks and was made Captain in 1862. In 1864 he was appointed Major and after several battles, was promoted to Brigadier General. After the war, Roberts represented Gates County at the Constitutional Convention of 1875. In 1876, he was elected to the NC Legislature, served as the State Auditor 1880 to 1889, and was appointed by President Grover Cleveland as Consul to Victoria, British Columbia.
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38873
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Elsie Garnett Riddick, a native of Gatesville, NC, was educated at the Normal and Industrial College for Women in Greensboro, NC. In 1907, she became a stenographer with the NC Agricultural Commission, eventually becoming executive secretary. In 1917 she formed and became president of the Equal Suffrage League of Raleigh, NC and became a delegate to the Democratic State Convention. She worked tirelessly for woman’s rights, better pay and promotion of businesswomen. In 1949, Riddick was appointed chief clerk of the NC Utilities Commission.
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38915
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Andrew Jackson Stedman, a native of Gates County, NC, was a literary magazine publisher in Salem, NC and later in Raleigh, NC, a. First Lieutenant in the Civil War and a lawyer in Pittsboro, NC after the war. In 1870, Stedman published a newspaper in Danberry, NC. He then moved Patrick County, VA in 1873 where he practiced law, published a newspaper and started the apple industry there by planting over 150,000 apple trees. The town of Stedman in Patrick County, VA is named for him.
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38982
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Joseph Riddick, a native of Perquimans County (now Gates County), represented Gates County in the NC Legislature for many years. He represented Gates County in the 1788 Convention in Hillsborough, NC and the 1789 Convention in Fayetteville, NC, which ratified the US Constitution. In 1789, Riddick owned 2,126 acres in Gates County, 189 acres in Tyrrell County, and 640 acres in Cumberland County, NC.
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39479
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This article features Lulu Eure, a basketball legend and coach from Gates County, NC
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39922
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This article features Edith Holmes Freeman Seiling of Gates County, NC, born in 1919. She worked as the first attendance supervisor for Gates County Schools. Contributing to all aspects of life in Gates County, 'Miss Edith,' was an artist, a historian, president of Gates County Historical Association, the author of several genealogy books. She wrote the history of the Reynoldson Baptist Church. She even ziplined and rode a motorcycle for the first time at age 95 and she works out three days a week at the Whaleyville Community Center.
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