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Humor of a Country Lawyer$
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Sam J. Ervin Jr.

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780807844649

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807875735_Ervin

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More Humor in the Law

More Humor in the Law

(p.101) Chapter 8 More Humor in the Law
Humor of a Country Lawyer

Sam J. Ervin

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter talks about James L. Webb of Shelby, one of the most respected and loved of all the human beings who have called North Carolina home. James L. Webb was father of the late Faye Webb Gardner, the lovely wife of Governor O. Max Gardner, and grandfather of the late Ralph Webb Gardner. Like Abou Ben Adhem, he loved his fellowman. During his early days at the bar, James served as solicitor of one of the state's most extensive districts. Afterward, he was elevated to the post of superior court judge, which he filled in a highly satisfactory manner until his death twenty-six years later. At that time North Carolina was virtually without local courts other than those of justices of the peace, and the superior courts, the state's trial courts of general jurisdiction, tried all criminal cases except those petty cases in which the punishment could not exceed a fine of fifty dollars or imprisonment for thirty days.

Keywords:   James L. Webb, Shelby, North Carolina, Faye Webb Gardner, O. Max Gardner, Ralph Webb Gardner, Abou Ben Adhem

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