Robert P. Dick

Associate Justice - NC Supreme Court

Date Born: October 1823

Date Died: September 1898

Place Born: Greensboro, NC

Place Buried: Unknown

From (County): Guilford

Party: Democrat/Republican


Associate Justice 1868-1872

Robert Paine Dick (1823 in Greensboro, NC – 1898 in Greensboro) was an attorney, North Carolina Supreme Court justice (1868-1872), and United States District Court judge (1872-1898). Originally a Democrat, Dick served as United States attorney from 1853-1861. He was a delegate to the 1860 Democratic National Convention and was the only delegate from North Carolina who did not walk out after the nomination of Sen. Stephen A. Douglas. One of Dick's daughters later married Robert M. Douglas, son of the U.S. senator.

Dick became a Republican after the American Civil War. President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Dick to a new judgeship in 1872.

Dick and John H. Dillard (also a former state Supreme Court justice) founded Dick and Dillard Law School in Greensboro, which trained nearly 300 lawyers between 1878 and 1893.

Robert P. Dick was born in Greensboro in October of 1823. His father, Hon. John M. Dick, was judge of the NC Superior Court for nearly thirty years from 1832 until his death in October of 1861.

Dick graduated at the University of North Carolina in 1843; read law with his father and was admitted to the bar in 1845.

He was a US District Attorny from 1852 to 1861. He was a member of the State Convention of 1861, and signed the Ordinance of Secession.

He was a State Senator from Guilford County in 1864, and was appointed a US District Judge in 1865, but resigned because unable to take the "iron clad" oath.

In March of 1867, he was a member of the convention which organized the Republican party in North Carolina.

In April of 1868, he was elected Associate Justice of the NC Supreme Court.

In June of 1872, he was appointed a US District Judge for the newly-created Western District of North Carolina.

He died in September of 1898.

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