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Without PrecedentThe Life of Susie Marshall Sharp$
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Anna R. Hayes

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832141

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887813_hayes

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(p.167) Chapter 9 Ambition
Without Precedent

Anna R. Hayes

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Susie Sharp's feelings toward Governor Scott's appointment to the superior court. Susie had been conflicted about the whole affair primarily due to her concerns regarding both her father's health and the short-term nature of the special judge's tenure. Whether or not Susie had ever aimed for the trial court bench, there is evidence that she had long imagined a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court, although she rarely admitted it. It was a subject she and Breck had discussed for years, as revealed in a poignant letter to her shortly after her appointment to the superior court in 1949. Breck's admiration for Sharp never completely obscured his desire to be the dominant partner in their relationship. Part of him was jealous of her achievements.

Keywords:   Susie Sharp, Governor Scott, superior court, special judge, trial court bench, North Carolina

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