Platt Dickinson Walker

Associate Justice - NC Supreme Court

Date Born: October 25, 1849

Date Died: May 22, 1923

Place Born: Wilmington, NC

Place Buried: Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, NC


Associate Justice 1903-1923

Platt Dickinson Walker was born on October 25, 1849 in Wilmington, NC, the son of Thomas Davis Walker and Mary Vance (Dickinson) Walker. He received his early formal education at George W. Jewett's school in Wilmington and then was sent to the Horner School in Oxford, NC, an academy run by James Hunter Horner that trained a sizable number of future leaders of North Carolina. He then went to the Univeristy of North Carolina, one of only fifteen applicants in 1865 for a greatly diminished freshman class due to the U.S. Civil War. He then transferred to the University of Virginia and studied law under the dean of the law school, Professor John B. Minor, graduating in 1869 with the LL.B. degree.

In June of 1870, Platt Dickinson Walker passed the first examination given by the NC Supreme Court and was licensed to practice before that body. In the same year he became the law partner in Rockingham, county seat of Richmond County, of locally prominent Walter Leak Steele, a former state legislator and leader in the secession convention.

In 1874, Platt Dickinson Walker was elected to represent Richmond County in the NC House of Representatives of the:
- 81st General Assembly that met from 1874 to 1875

In 1876, Platt Dickinson Walker moved to Charlotte, after his partner was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In Charlotte, he partnered with Clement Dowd until 1880, when he too was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1880, Walker then partnered with Armistead Burwell, another future Associate Justice on the NC Supreme Court. This partnership continued for twenty years, except for then Burwell was on the Supreme Court..

On June 5, 1878, Platt Dickinson Walker married Henrietta Settle Covington in Reidsville, NC; they had no known children. She died in 1907.

In 1884, he was defeated as the Democratic nominee for NC Attorney General. He returned to his law partnership with Armistead Burwell and they developed an enviable reputation and appeared on one side or another in nearly every important lawsuit in the Charlotte region. The partners had many corporate clients and frequently worked on litigation in other parts of the state.

In 1892, Platt Dickinson Walker partnered with E.T. Cansler, while Armistead Burwell was on the NC Supreme Court.

In 1899, Platt Dickinson Walker was unanimously elected the first President of the North Carolina Bar Association.

From 1901 to 1905, Platt Dickinson Walker was a Trustee for the University of North Carolina.

In the 1902 General Election, Platt Dickinson Walker was first elected as an Associate Justice on the NC Supreme Court, winning the seat of Chief Justice David Moffatt Furches, who had been defeated as Chief Justice by Walter McKenzie Clark. Walker was re-elected and served until he died in 1923.

In 1909 and 1910, Platt Dickinson Walker was President of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association

On June 8, 1910, Platt Dickinson Walker married a second time, to Alma Locke Mordecai; they too had no children.

On May 22, 1923, Platt Dickinson Walker died, and he was buried in the Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, NC.

Platt D. Walker was born in Wilmington, NC in October of 1849; was a student at the University of North Carolina; studied law at the University of Virginia and was admitted to the bar in 1870. He practiced law in Richmond County and moved to Charlotte in 1876.

He was elected Associate Justice of the NC Supreme Court, taking his seat on January 1, 1903. He was re-elected in 1910 and in 1918.

Platt D. Walker, Democrat, of Mecklenburg County was born in Wilmington, NC. Son of Thomas D. Walker and Mary Vance Dickinson. Educated at George W. Jewett's School, Wilmington, and James H. Horner's School, Oxford, NC; University of North Carolina, Class of 1869. Finished collegiate course at University of Virginia and studied law there under Prof. John B. Minor and Prof. Southall, received LLB diploma in 1869. Obtained his license to practice law at June Term, 1870, Supreme Court; admitted to the Bar of North Carolina and settled at Rockingham, 1870, and practiced law with the late Hon. Walter L. Steele, afterwards a member of Congress. Representative from Richmond County in General Assembly of North Carolina, 1874-1875. Removed to Charlotte, 1876, and entered into partnership with the late Hon. Clement Dowd (afterwards member of Congress) for the practice of the law, and in November, 1880, with Hon. Armistead Burwell, afterwards Justice of the Supreme Court, and in 1892 with E.T. Cansler, Esq. Associate Justice of the NC Supreme Court, taking his seat on January 1, 1903.

First President of the North Carolina Bar Association in 1899.

Trustee of the University of North Carolina 1901-1905.

Director of the Highland Park Manufacturing Company of Charlotte.

LLD - Davidson College 1903; University of North Carolina 1908.

President State Literary and Historical Association 1909-1910.

Married Nettie Settle Covington on June 5, 1878 at Reidsville, NC. Married Alma Locke Mordecai on June 8, 1910.

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