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Lawyers and Poetry

Charles Laban Abernethy, Jr.

(1901- )
North Carolina

[Portrait of Charles Laban Abernethy, Jr., Charles Laban Abernethy, Jr. Papers (#98.3.b), Special Collections Department, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858][used with the permission of Head of Special Collections, J.Y. Joyner Library]


Charles L. Abernethy, Jr. was born in 1901 in Rutherford, North Carolina. He attended high school in New Bern, North Carolina studied for two years at the University of North Carolina, then obtained his degree from Harvard University in 1922. He obtained his law degree from Wake Forest in 1924, after studying law at both Harvard and Trinity (now Duke University). He became a partner in the practice of law by joining his father, Charles L. Abernethy, Sr., who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from the Third District of North Carolina from 1922 to 1935. They practiced law in Beaufort, North Carolina.

[Source: Charles Laban Abernethy, Jr., Papers, Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University] [The Abernethy papers at East Carolina University contain references to Abernethy's poetry. The Charles L. Abernethy, Sr., collection of papers at Duke University include "a volume of poems written by the younger Abernethy . . . ."]

Research Resources
Charles Laban Abernethy, Jr., Papers
Special Collections, Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina

Charles L. Abernethy, Sr., Papers
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina