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Haywood, Ernest

1 Feb. 1860–14 Dec. 1946

Photograph of Ernest Haywood, circa 1919. Image from Haywood, attorney, was born in Raleigh, the son of Edmund Burke and Lucy A. Williams Haywood. He attended Lovejoy's Academy in Raleigh, Horner and Graves Military Academy in Oxford, and The University of North Carolina, from which he was graduated with an A.B. degree in 1880. Haywood then entered the law school conducted in Greensboro by Robert P. Dick and John H. Dillard and was admitted to the bar in 1882.

Practicing in Raleigh, he specialized in commercial, insurance, corporation, and real estate law and was counsel to the defendants in the Hawkins and Sexton will cases. Haywood was one of the founders of the original North Carolina Bar Association in 1885 and one of the subscribers to its charter and bylaws. He was honorary vice-president of the U.S. Chief Justice Roger B. Taney National Memorial Foundation, a sponsor for the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation at Stratford Hall, Va., a national trustee of the Sons of the American Revolution, and a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Haywood was deeply interested in local history and was the author of many articles published in Raleigh newspapers. In 1937, he made an all-air trip around the world and had been scheduled to return home from Europe on the Hindenberg but changed his plans shortly before his departure. A Democrat and a member of Christ Episcopal Church, he was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh.


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Additional Resources:

Ernest Haywood Collection of Haywood Family Papers, 1752-1967 (collection no. 01290). The Southern Historical Collection. Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.,Ernest.html (accessed January 17, 2013).

Griggs, Linda Mackie. "Chapter VI Ernest Haywood's Ownership." Haywood Hall: a report presented to the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina and the Haywood Hall Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina. North Carolina. Division of Archives and History. Research Branch. 1984. 105-106. (accessed March 27, 2013).

Goodwin, Adolph Oettinger. Who's who in Raleigh; a collection of personal cartoons and biographical sketches of the staunch "trees" that make the "Oak city,". Raleigh, N.C., Printed by Commercial Printing Co. 1916.

Connor, R. D. W. "Ernest Haywood." History of North Carolina. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co. 1919. 126.

"SON OF MINISTER SHOT DOWN IN RALEIGH STREET; Feud in Prominent Southern Families Leads to a Tragedy at North Carolina Capital." The New York Times. February 22, 1903.

"Raleigh Tragedy: Haywood Claims that He Fired in Self-Defense." The Times Dispatch [Richmond, Va.]. February 24, 1903. 7.

"Ernest Haywood A Free Man." The Dispatch [Lexington, N.C.] October 14, 1903.

Day, W. H. Argument of Capt. W.H. Day in the Haywood-Skinner trial, October term, 1903, Wake Superior Court. Edwards & Broughton. 1903. (accessed January 17, 2013).

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Connor, R. D. W. "Ernest Haywood." History of North Carolina. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co. 1919. 126.

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