June 5, 1980, 16 items; Correspondence (1914) of Lenoir County, N.C., legislator. Gift of anonymous donor.
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Emmett R. Wooten Papers (#413), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Emmett Robinson Wooten, son of John C. and Mary Cobb Wooten, was born in November of 1878 at Ft. Barnwell, Craven County, N.C. Wooten received his education at Wake Forest College and also at the University of North Carolina law school. Admitted to the bar in 1900, Wooten opened his practice in Kinston. After serving as attorney for Kinston and Lenoir County, Wooten was elected to four consecutive terms in the N.C. House of Representatives (1909-1915). Not long after his election as Speaker of the House in 1915, Wooten died from injuries caused by an automobile accident.
The Wooten Papers consist of carbon copies of sixteen letters written in 1914 by Emmett R. Wooten. All of the letters, addressed to North Carolina political figures, solicit support for Wooten's candidacy for Speaker of the House for the 1915 General Assembly. One letter (Sept. 26, 1914) explains Wooten's position on stock laws pertaining to Lenoir County. Because of the stock laws of surrounding counties, Wooten was forced to introduce such legislation for Lenoir County.