William Blount Rodman, Jr.

Associate Justice - NC Supreme Court

Date Born: July 2, 1889

Date Died: August 3, 1976

Place Born: Washington, NC

Place Buried: Oakdale Cemetery in Washington, NC


Associate Justice 1956-1965

Also known as William Blount Rodman, III.

William Blount Rodman, Jr. was born on July 2, 1889 in Washington, NC, the son of William Blount Rodman, II and Adelaide "Addie" (Fulford) Rodman. He attended Horner's Military Academy and the Oak Ridge Institute. He received his A.B. degree in 1910 from the University of North Carolina, then attended the Law School at the University of North Carolina. He was licensed to practice law in 1911.

During World War I, William Blount Rodman, Jr. was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

On August 17, 1918, William Blount Rodman, Jr. married Helen Farnell; they had five known children.

From 1919 to 1920, William Blount Rodman, Jr. was Mayor of the town of Washington, NC.

In 1936, William Blount Rodman, Jr. was elected as one of two men to represent the 2nd NC Senate District (Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Martin, Pamlico, Tyrrell, Washington counties) in the NC Senate of the:
- 112th General Assembly that met from 1937 to 1938

In 1950, William Blount Rodman, Jr. was first elected to represent Beaufort County in the NC House of Representatives of the:
- 119th General Assembly that met in 1951
- 120th General Assembly that met in 1953
- 121st General Assembly that met from 1955 to 1956

In July of 1955, William Blount Rodman, Jr. was appointed as Attorney General for the state of North Carolina, a position he retained until 1956.

In 1956, Governor Luther Hartwell Hodges appointed William Blount Rodman, Jr. as an Associate Justice on the NC Supreme Court, taking the former seat of Chief Justice Maurice Victor Barnhill, who had resigned on August 21, 1956, and was replaced by Chief Justice John Wallace Winborne. He was re-elected in his own right on November 6, 1962, and he served until he resigned in mid-1965.

On August 3, 1976, William Blount Rodman, Jr. died, and he was buried in the Oakdale Cemetery in Washington, NC.

William Blount Rodman, Jr. (1889-1976), also known as William B. Rodman, III (as his father was named William B. Rodman II), was a North Carolina lawyer and politician. He served as a State Senator (1937-1939), a State Representative (1950-1955), North Carolina Attorney General (1955-1956) and as an Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court (1956-1965).

He was the grandson of William Blount Rodman, who was also a NC Supreme Court Justice.

William Blount Rodman, Jr., Democrat, was born in Washington, NC on July 2, 1889, the son of Col. William Blount Rodman and Addie Fulford. He attended Horner's Military Academy; Oak Ridge Institute; A.B. from the University of North Carolina 1910; University of North Carolina Law School. Licensed to practice law in 1911.

Lieutenant in the US Navy for the duration of World War I.

Mayor of Washington, NC 1919-1920. State Senator from the 2nd Senatorial District 1937-1939. Representative from Beaufort County in the General Assembly of 1951, 1953, and 1955. Appointed Attorney General of NC in July of 1955. Appointed Associate Justice of the NC Supreme Court in August of 1956 for the term ending December 31, 1962; re-elected for full term on November 6, 1962.

Married Helen Farnell on August 17, 1918. Five children - Capt. William B. Rodman, IV, US Navy; Mary Helen, wife of Captain John C. Hill, II, US Navy; Marcia, wife of Lt. Colonel George E. Lawrence, USMC; twin sons - George Farnell, Foreign Service, US State Department, and Edward Newton, lawyer, Washington, NC.

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