William Frederick Harding Memoir, 1917-1918, 1938, 1976

Manuscript Collection #412

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Title: William Frederick Harding Memoir
Creator: Harding, William Frederick, b. 1867
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Memoir (written 1917-1918, 1938) of William Frederick Harding, Superior Court Judge for the Fourteenth Judicial District of North Carolina. Judge Harding's memoir covers his lifetime from his birth in 1867 at Aurora, Beaufort County, N.C., through 1918 including his childhood spent in Aurora, Stonewall in Craven County, Greene County and Greenville, N.C., his college years at UNC-Chapel Hill (1890-1894), his years as a practicing lawyer in Greenville and Charlotte, N.C., and the early years of his judgeship. A brief paragraph written in 1938 indicates his pending retirement as a Superior Court judge.
Extent: 0.108 Cubic feet, photocopy of twenty-four-page typescript memoir.

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Accessions Information

June 5, 1980; Memoir (written 1917-1918, 1938; transcribed 1976) of a Greenville, N.C., attorney. Gift of Mrs. Mae J. Gates, Greenville, N.C.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

William Frederick Harding Memoir (#412), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Mae J. Gates

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. York, April 1981 Revised by M. Elmore, November 2013

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

William Frederick Harding (b. Nov. 26, 1867), a son of Henry and Susan Elizabeth (Sugg) Harding, was a native of Aurora, N.C. Following his graduation from the University of North Carolina in 1894, Harding taught school and studied the law. He practiced the law in Greenville and Charlotte from 1896 until 1913, when he was appointed a judge of the North Carolina Superior Court for the Fourteenth Judicial District.

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Written during 1917 and 1918 with an addendum in 1938, the memoir describes the activities of Harding and members of his immediate family. Notable topics include businesses, residents, schools, a Methodist revival, and other aspects of life in Aurora; members of the Harding and Sugg families; businesses, and lawyers in Greenville; course work, the chapel, student activities, and hazing at the University of North Carolina; the beneficence of Thomas Jordan Jarvis; and Harding's work on The American and English Encyclopedia of Law for Edward Thompson Company of Northport, N.Y.

The last page of the memoir was added by Janet Harding in 1976 when she transcribed Judge Harding's handwritten recollections. Mrs. Harding's husband was the grandson of Judge Harding.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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