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Robertson, Judge Buxton

by William S. Powell, 1994

26 Oct. 1875–20 Dec. 1946

Judge Buxton Robertson, teacher and author, was born in Alamance County, the son of Columbus Florentine and Image of Judge Buxton Robertson, from the Yackety Yack, [p.30], published 1905 by Chapel Hill, Publications Board of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Presented on Digital NC.Ledoska Coble Robertson. Graduated from The University of North Carolina in 1905, he delivered a commencement oration entitled "America as a Liberator"; he received the master of arts degree in 1931. During the early years of his career Robertson was principal and superintendent successively of schools in Graham, Reidsville, and Randleman and secretary of the North Carolina Sunday School Association. From 1911 to 1917 he was superintendent of the Alamance County schools, after which he became superintendent of the Cabarrus County schools. In retirement he lived near Burlington.

In 1918, to assist "young, inexperienced country teachers," he published Guide-posts for the School Room, for Institutes, Normal Schools, Reading Circles and Self-instruction of Teachers. A popular public speaker and local historian, Robertson in 1932 brought out a collection of short stores and anecdotes, Gems of Truth in Stories of Life, described as "for parlor, platform and pulpit." He was also the author of other professional publications in the field of education.

Robertson married Alice McPherson but they had no children. A Lutheran, he was buried in Pine Hill cemetery, Burlington.

References:

Card catalogue, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for his publications.

Daniel L. Grant, Alumni History of the University of North Carolina (1924).

Raleigh News and Observer, 22 Dec. 1946.

Additional Resources:

Robertson, Judge Buxton. An organization plan for the schools of Alamance county (white rural schools). Thesis (M.A.)--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 1931. https://www.worldcat.org/title/organization-plan-for-the-schools-of-alamance-county-white-rural-schools/oclc/37600216 (accessed August 28, 2014).

Robertson, Judge Buxton. The importance of study by the pupil and some ways to secure it. 1921. https://www.worldcat.org/title/importance-of-study-by-the-pupil-and-some-ways-to-secure-it/oclc/883627734 (accessed August 28, 2014).

University of North Carolina (1793-1962); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The University of North Carolina record. Chapel Hill: The University. 1907. https://archive.org/details/universityofnort381905univ (accessed August 28, 2014).

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Yackety yack. Chapel Hill, Publications Board of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 1905. http://library.digitalnc.org/cdm/ref/collection/yearbooks/id/883 (accessed August 28, 2014).

Image Credits:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Yackety yack. Chapel Hill, Publications Board of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 1905. http://library.digitalnc.org/digitalnc/bookreader/bookreader.php?coll=/yearbooks&id=883#page/n37/mode/2up (accessed August 28, 2014).

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