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Few citizens of North Carolina have been more zealous in their determination to bring about racial, social, and educational reforms than the Great Commoner, William J. Peele.
William Joseph Peele was a Raleigh lawyer and devoted citizen to the state. Peele was a native of Northampton County, born 1855, and attended Chapel Hill where he studied the classics. His greatest accomplishment was founding the Watauga Club in May 1884, an organization dedicated improving the state's educational system and economic standing.
This biography provides a personal history of North Carolina Booklet contributor William Joseph Peele. The article highlights his service as chairman of the executive committee of the State Literary and Historical Association and his historical study on the settlement of Roanoke Island.