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William Bryham Roper

Born June 7, 1870, in Norfolk, Virginia. Roper was the son of John Lonsdale Roper, prominent businessman and proprietor of the John L. Roper Lumber Company. He worked for his father's lumber company for a while and then served as Secretary-Treasurer of the North Carolina Pine Association.

William Bull
William Carroll Oxentine

Born April 17th of 1887, 1889, or 1890, in Watauga County, North Carolina. Oxentine was a farmer in Watauga County when he was drafted into the army on May 9, 1918, for military service during World War I. Draft administrators originally classed Oxentine's race as "African," though he actually identified as a member of the Croatan from Robeson County. Military officials later corrected this error, and he was reclassed as "white" and assigned to Company D, 54th Infantry. [Note: Military systems of the time allowed for only two races: "white" or "colored."] Oxentine deserted his unit while stationed at Camp Merritt, New Jersey, on October 12, 1918.

William Chetwynde Person
William Cox Redfield

Born June 18, 1858, in Albany, New York. Redfield, a northern politician affiliated with the Democratic Party, is best remembered for his tenure as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1913 to 1919 under the administration of President Woodrow Wilson.

William Edward Lew

Born July 1, 1865, in Pawtuckettsville, Massachusetts. Lew was a classically trained musician, having studied piano at the Boston Conservatory of Music. He taught at a wide variety of institutions of higher learning throughout the south, including Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, and Miles Memorial College in Birmingham, Alabama. From 1916 to 1918, he was director of music at what is now known as North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

William Ernest Thompson

Born July 6, 1890, in Chatham County, North Carolina. In August 1920, Thompson was an undertaker-turned-furniture merchant in Graham, North Carolina, when he provided testimony in an investigation into an attempted lynching in the town.

William Frederick Harding

Born November 26, 1867, in Aurora, North Carolina. Harding was a judge on the North Carolina Superior Court from 1913 to 1938.

William G. Saunders

William G. Saunders, born in North Carolina circa 1870. Bridgers was superintendent of the North Carolina Mutual and Provident Association office in Washington, North Carolina.

William Gaston Pearson

William Gaston Pearson, born in Durham, North Carolina, on April 11, 1858. Gaston was a Shaw University alum, a Harmon award winning businessman, philanthropist, and cofounder of Durham's Mechanics and Farmers Bank. He dedicated the majority of his time, however, to education, beginning as a teacher at Whitted High School but later serving as principal of Hillside Park High.

William George Avant

Born August 16, 1868, in Wilmington, North Carolina. A graduate of Howard University and Payne Divinity School, Avant was a prominent and influential African American minister who resided in New Bern, North Carolina. In addition to his ministerial duties, he was a mason and a member of the Colored Knights of Pythias.

William H. Williamson

President of the Pilot Cotton Mills Company in Raleigh in 1919

William H. Woods

During World War I, Woods served with the Durham County home guard unit. Woods was a sergeant in the Durham Machine Gun Company and with this unit helped put down a lynch mob in Alamance County in July 1920.

William Hazel Bradford

Born July 26, 1896, in Fort Mills, South Carolina. Bradford was an electrical engineer for the Tallassee Power Company in Badin, North Carolina. In 1919, he provided testimony during an investigation into the alleged abuse of Tallassee employees by management.

William Henry Lyttleton
William Henry Nicholson

Born April 1, 1864, in Franklin County, North Carolina. Nicholson was a physician who practiced in Louisburg and Hickory.

William Henry Penney

Born March 17, 1868, in Wake County, North Carolina. Penney began as an employee with the Wake County Register of Deeds in January 1902, eventually working his way up to the Register of Deeds position in late November 1918.

William Henry Ryder

Born February 28, 1894, in Glasgow, Virginia. Ryder was a private in the Durham Machine Gun Company, a national guard unit. In July 1920, he deployed with his company to Alamance County on orders from the governor to protect three African American men from a lynch mob. 

William Howard Moser

Born June 29, 1906, in Alamance County, North Carolina. In August 1920, when he was just fourteen, Moser was called upon to provide testimony in an investigation into an attempted lynching in Alamance County. He was the son of Adolphus Washington Moser, who was at that time serving as jailer and chief of police for Graham, North Carolina.

William James Herritage

Born circa 1850 in Washington, North Carolina. A Lincoln University graduate, Herritage was an espiscopal minister, called to service at the St. John the Evangelist church in Edenton, North Carolina. From Edenton, he endeavored to build new congregations among the black citizens of nearby towns such as Elizabeth City and Washington. Reverend Herritage also served as the principal of the parochial school for Edenton's African American students.

William John Franklin Moore

William John Franklin Moore, born circa 1863 in Washington, North Carolina. Moore was a minister in the A. M. E. Zion Church in Washington, North Carolina.

William Lloyd Riddle, Sr.

Born September 7, 1857, in Wake County, North Carolina. Lloyd was for thirty-three years a pattern maker for an iron works company in Wilmington, North Carolina. His experience in that line of work drove him towards labor reform, and he became active with labor organizations like the Knights of Labor and the Allied Trades Council. By the time of his death in 1934, he was remembered as a "militant trade unionist" who was "one of the grand old men of labor."

William Lowrie

Commissioner of Pembroke, April 1919

William Marion Bond

Born July 14, 1858, in Chowan County, North Carolina. Bond was a superior court judge from 1913 to 1928.

William McKinley McElrath

William McKinley McElrath, born in Tennessee on October 4, 1897. He was for thirty-three years a school principal, splitting that time between Kinston and Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina.

William Miller Person
William Mitchell

Born about 1887. Resident of North Morehead Township in Guilford County, NC.

William Mobile Ashby

William Mobile Ashby, born October 15, 1889, in Carter's Grove, Virginia. Ashby graduated from Yale University with a degree in divinity in 1916 and came to Durham shortly after for a teaching job at the National Training School (now NCCU). He remained at the school only a short time, registering for the draft in Durham in June 1917 before moving to Newark, New Jersey, to embark on a long career of social work and activism. Much of his life is detailed in his autobiography Tales Without Hate.

William Nash Everett

Born December 29, 1864, in Rockingham, North Carolina. Everett was the proprietor of a hardware store in his native Rockingham (the Everett Hardware Co). During World War I, he served as the food administrator for Richmond County. He was also a democratic politician, winning election to the state senate in 1916 and taking his seat in the 1917 session under Governor Thomas W. Bickett. During the Bickett administration, Everett championed tax reform, improvements to state institutions, and women's suffrage. Everett went on to become the North Carolina Secretary of State, which position he held until his death in 1928.

William Neal Reynolds

Born March 22, 1863, in Critz, Virginia. Reynolds was the younger brother of Richard Joshua Reynolds, proprietor of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. He served as director of the company from 1890 to 1942 and became president of the company upon his brother Richard's death in 1918, a position he held until 1924.

William O'Berry Sykes

William O'Berry Sykes, born in Wayne County, North Carolina, on November 29, 1877. He was a contractor and home builder.

William Penn Wood

Born May 2, 1843, in Asheboro, North Carolina. Wood served as Asheboro town treasurer (1880-1888), Randolph County treasurer (1890-1894), state legislator for Randolph County (elected in 1905 and 1907), and state auditor (1910-1920). He additionally served vice president of the board of directors for the Confederate soldiers' home.

William Pepperell

Sir William Pepperell

William Peppermill
William Preston Reinhardt

Born July 31, 1886, in Burke County, North Carolina. Reinhardt was an employee of the Brookford Mills Manufacturing Company, in Brookford, North Carolina.

William Rankin Goley

Born April 5, 1853, in Alamance County, North Carolina. Rankin was a physician in the town of Graham, North Carolina. In August 1920, he provided testimony in an investigation into an attempted lynching in Alamance County.

William Richard Pender

William Richard Pender, born in Wilson County, North Carolina, on August 29, 1874. Pender was a barber in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

William Riley Hairston

Born May 1, 1860, in Davidson County, North Carolina. Hairston was a prominent citizen in Lexington, North Carolina, where he was a barber and educator.

William Rogers Young

Born December 10, 1882, in Cary, North Carolina. Young was foreman of the Tallassee Power Company carbon plant in Badin, North Carolina, around 1920. In a 1919 investigation into alleged mistreatment of Tallassee employees by their supervisors, Young was accused of "beating employees."

William Rufus Boyd, Jr.

Born January 7, 1885, in Fairfield, Texas. Boyd, a banker and attorney, served as the national campaign manager for the League to Enforce Peace upon the end of World War I.

William Samuel Long, Jr.

Born May 14, 1867, in Graham, North Carolina. Long was a dentist who practiced in Graham. In 1920, he provided testimony in an investigation into an attempted lynching in Alamance County.

William Sharpe
William Shirley
William Sloper
William Small

A gentleman from Southern Pines, North Carolina, who gave a report on temperance societies to an audience at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical in May 1917.

William T. H. Woodward

Rev. William T. H. Woodward, born in South Carolina on October 14, 1852.

William Thomas Beebe

William Thomas Beebe, born on January 17, 1878, in Washington, North Carolina. Beebe attended Paine College but graduated from Howard University with a medical degree in 1906. In Washington, Beebe owned and operated both a doctor's office and a pharmacy, in addition to acting as a medical examiner for local lodges and the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company.

William Wands

Born May 1, 1874, in Gartness, Scotland. Wands was popularly known by the nickname of "Scotty," derived perhaps from his birthplace. He was a labor leader who organized fellow employees of the Southern Railway at Spencer Shops in Rowan County, North Carolina. He served a variety of like-minded organizations, including the American Federation of Labor.

William Washington Garrett

Born June 26, 1868, in Alamance County, North Carolina. Garrett was proprietor of the Graham Hotel, Cafe, and Pool Room, a key scene in an attempted lynching in Graham, North Carolina, in July 1920. Garrett later provided testimony in an investigation into the attempted lynching.

William Whitley

William Whitley, born in Wayne County, North Carolina on December 22, 1872. Whitley was a car cleaner for the Norfolk and Southern Railroad and registered for the draft for World War I service on September 12, 1918.