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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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Humor in the Legislature

Humor in the Legislature

(p.120) Chapter 9 Humor in the Legislature
Humor of a Country Lawyer

Sam J. Ervin

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the telegram the author received from Charles F. Kirksey, chairman of the Burke County Democrats. The telegram stated that the Democratic county convention had named the author its candidate for Burke County's seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives. After the author was elected to this post in the ensuing election in November, his old friend Lum Garrison gave him this sage counsel: “When you go to the legislature, pass no more laws, and 'peal half of those we've already got.” If federal and state legislators had been as wise as Lum Garrison during recent years, Americans would not be the law-ridden people they are.

Keywords:   telegram, Charles F. Kirksey, Burke County Democrats, Democratic county convention, North Carolina, House of Representatives

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