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Samuel Fox Mordecai, II
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Birth: Dec. 12, 1852
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 29, 1927
Durham
Durham County
North Carolina, USA

Samuel Fox was the son of Samuel Fox, Sr. and Judith Ellen "Mordecai" Mordecai. He married Bettie Grimes, daughter of Gen. Brian Grimes, Jr. [Civil War General in the 4th NC Infantry] and Elizabeth Hilliard "Betsy" Davis. They were the parents of nine children.
In his early childhood, Samuel Fox lived in Raleigh with his widowed mother in the Bishop Lyman place. During the Civil War, the family silver was buried under a stump in the yard which the Yankees camped around without ever uncovering the secret. They lived through the war and reconstruction relatively well.
Samuel attended private schools in Raleigh and eventually went off to the University of Virginia Law School, graduating in 1875. He began immediately practicing in partnership with William H. Battle in Raleigh.
The North Carolina Supreme Court admitted Samuel Fox to the bar in 1875, beginning a 50 year career of legal work and scholarship.
From 1900 to 1904, he also lectured three times a week at Wake Forest College. Samuel Fox's success in these positions coupled with his early publications led to his reputation throughout the state as an excellent lawyer and accomplished scholar.
Following the creation of a law school at Trinity College, Samuel Fox was named senior professor and chosen to serve as the school's first dean when it opened in 1904. He served in this capacity until his death in 1927.
During these years he was known throughout the campus and the legal community as an able administrator, dedicated teacher, and prolific scholar. He published pamphlets and lectures that were requested from lawyers and legal scholars across the state.
His youngest daughter, Margaret, stated in her book entitled, "Recollections of Papa", that, "He was brilliant, tempermental, eccentric, and witty. He loved laughter. Those who knew him smile in remembrance."
 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Fox Mordecai (1828 - 1852)
  Judith Ellen Mordecai Mordecai (1820 - 1916)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth "Bettie" Grimes Mordecai (1853 - 1946)
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Davis Mordecai MacKay (1876 - 1954)*
  George Washington Mordecai (1878 - 1940)*
  Bryan Grimes Mordecai (1880 - 1881)*
  Henry Lane Mordecai (1882 - 1949)*
  Edward Waller Mordecai (1885 - 1944)*
  Ellen Mordecai Kelly (1887 - 1917)*
  Alfred Mordecai (1889 - 1975)*
  William Grimes Mordecai (1892 - 1985)*
  Margaret Lane Mordecai Blomquist (1896 - 1982)*
 
 Sibling:
  Margaret Lane Mordecai Morel (1850 - 1927)*
  Samuel Fox Mordecai (1852 - 1927)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Raleigh
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Ruby Mordecai
Record added: Jan 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32577385
Samuel Fox Mordecai, II
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Samuel Fox Mordecai, II
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There is a listing in this cemetery for a Bryant Grimes Mordecai who is identified as the son of Samuel Fox MOrdecai II and Elizabeth Grimes. He died young and is not linked to this family.
- Delores (Buell) Eveland
 Added: May. 29, 2009

- Cherie
 Added: Jan. 6, 2009

- RLM
 Added: Jan. 3, 2009
 
 
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