Dr. James Yadkin Joyner studied to be a lawyer but it did not take. He also sold insurance for a time. Joyner, best known for his educational work and work among farmers, \r\ncarried the banner for public education, state aid for public schools, longer school terms, and consolidation of rural schools during the Aycock administration. Additionally, under this administration, teachers' salaries were increased, school libraries established, and may far-reaching and comprehensive reforms adopted and put into operation. Joyner was also a pioneer in the field of cooperative marketing in terms of agriculture.