Robert Hunt Parker

18th NC Supreme Court Chief Justice

Date Born: February 15, 1892

Date Died: November 10, 1969

       
       
       
Place Born: Enfield, NC

Place Buried: Elmwood Cemetery in Enfield, NC

 

Chief Justice 1966-1969
Associate Justice 1952-1966
 

Robert Hunt Parker was born on February 15, 1892 in Enfield, NC, the son of Romulus Bragg Parker and Victoria Coleman (Hunt) Parker. Educated at the Enfield High School, the University of North Carolina, the University of Virginia (B.A., 1912), Wake Forest Law School, and the University of Virginia Law School, he was admitted to the North Carolina bar in the summer of 1914, approximately a year before receiving his LL.B. degree from the University of Virginia Law School.

During World War I, Robert Hunt Parker served as field artillery officer in the cavalry, attached to the Adjutant General's office in France for nearly seventeen months.

After the war, he returned stateside and opened his own private law practice, first in Enfield, then in Roanoke Rapids, both in Halifax County, NC

In 1922, Robert Hunt Parker was elected as one of two men to represent Halifax County in the NC House of Representatives of the:
- 105th General Assembly that met from 1923 to 1924

In 1924, Robert Hunt Parker was appointed Solicitor in the 3rd Judicial District, a position he held until 1932.

On November 28, 1925, Robert Hunt Parker married Mrs. Rie Alston Williams Rand of Greensboro, NC; they had no children.

In 1932, Governor Oliver Maxwell Gardner appointed Robert Hunt Parker as a Judge on the NC Superior Court. He was re-elected in 1934, 1942, and 1950.

From 1947 to 1949, Robert Hunt Parker was a Member of the Commission to Study Improvements in the Administration of Justice in North Carolina.

In the 1952 General Election, Robert Hunt Parker was elected as an Associate Justice on the NC Supreme Court, taking the seat of Chief Justice Walter Parker Stacy, who had died earlier, and was replaced by Chief Justice William Augustus Devin. He was re-elected in 1960 and served as an Associate Justice until 1966.

In 1958, Robert Hunt Parker was awarded the honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of North Carolina.

In 1966, Governor Daniel Killian Moore appointed Robert Hunt Parker as the next Chief Justice on the NC Supreme Court, replacing Chief Justice Emery Byrd Denny, who retired on February 5, 1966. Chief Justice Parker took the oath of office on February 7, 1966. He was re-elected in 1968, and he remained Chief Justice until his death.

Chief Justice Robert Hunt Parker was an extremely popular public speaker throughout the state. His courtly manner and strong sense of integrity and decorum, and the fact that he was "predictably honest," caused him to be in great demand as an orator and his stirring patriotic addresses were widely acclaimed. He made his last public appearance one month prior to his death when he addressed the North Carolina Bar Association.

On November 10, 1969, Robert Hunt Parker died, and he was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Enfield, NC.


Appointed as Chief Justice by Governor Daniel K. Moore on January 20, 1966. Elected as Chief Justice in the general elections in 1966.
Son of R.B. Parker and Victoria C. Hunt. Attended Enfield Graded School, graduated in 1908; University of North Carolina 1908-1911; B.A., University of Virginia 1911-1912; LLB University of Virginia Law School 1912-1915; Wake Forest Law School summer of 1914; honorary LLD from the University of North Carolina in 1958.

Field artillery officer in World War I with ~17 months of service in France.

NC State Representative from Halifax County in the General Assembly of 1923.

Solicitor for the State Third Judicial District, February 23, 1924 to September 24, 1932.

Judge Superior Court 1932-1952.

Elected Associate Justice in November 1952, re-elected twice.

Chairman of the Judicial Council 1962-1966.

Member of the Confederate Centennial Commission, Governor Richard Caswell Memorial Commission, American Legion, 40&8, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Married Mrs. Rie Williams Rand of Greensboro, NC on November 28, 1925.


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