|Birth: ||Aug. 1, 1846|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 19, 1931|
Co.F 45th N.C. CSA - He joined at age 16.
President of the Supreme Court of Virginia. He moved to Hanover County in 1869. He farmed and read law. He was elected to the House of Delegates in 1881 and served until 1895.
After the war he returned to his North Carolina home, married the same year (1865) and in 1869 moved to Hanover county, Virginia, the home of his wife's family. there he farmed, studied law at home, and in 1874, through the assistance of lawyer friends of the county, obtained a license to practice. He rose rapidly to distinction in his profession and in public esteem, took an active part in politics, and in 1881 was elected to represent Hanover county in the house of delegates. He served with much ability which received through appreciation and the endorsement of his constituents, by successive re-elections, serving in the house from 1881 to 1895. He was four times elected speaker, serving in that capacity 1887-1895. In 1884 he was Democratic presidential elector; in 1892 he was a member of the State Debt Commission that effected a readjustment and settlement of the state debt of Virginia. He was also chairman of the joint committee of the legislature of Virginia, to adjust and settle with Maryland the controversy over the boundary line between the two states. He prepared the report that later was adopted by the legislature of both Virginia and Maryland as a final settlement of the dispute. In 1894 he was elected judge of the Virginia supreme court of appeals, for a term of twelve years, taking his state on the bench, January 1, 1895. He was a capable and conscientious judge and so won the respect of the people of Virginia that in 1906 he was re-elected for a second term of four years, and again in 1910 for a third term, twelve years. His residence is at Hanover, Virginia; he is a member of the Presbyterian church and for many years has been an elder.
He was the son of Richard Perrin Cardwell and Elizabeth Martin Dalton Cardwell. He was married to Kate Howard Cardwell.
In his youth he labored on the farm, and in winter attended school in a nearby village. Losing his father in infancy, he met with difficulties in obtaining an education, but his mother was an inspiring influence upon him. He attended the Beulah Male Institute and the Madison Male Academy, but this was the extent of his educational advantages. From 1863 until the close of the war between the states, he served as a private soldier in a North Carolina company, acquitting himself with soldierly courage and fidelity. At the close of the war, he returned to his North Carolina company, acquitting himself with soldierly courage and fidelity. At the close of the war, he returned to his North Carolina home, but in 1869 removed to Hanover county, Virginia, to be near his wife's people, and engaged in farm work, and reading law in his spare hours. In 1874 he was admitted to the bar, and entered upon practice, and had soon drawn to himself a considerable clientele. From 1881 to 1895 he was a member of the house of delegates, and from 1887 to 1895 was speaker. In 1884 he was a Democratic presidential elector, and displayed fine talents as a campaign orator. In 1892 he was a member of the state debt commission which settled the public debt of Virginia. He was chairman of the joint committee of the legislature to adjust and settle with Maryland the controversy over the boundary line between the two states, and he prepared the report which was adopted by the legislature of Virginia, and accepted by that of Maryland. In 1894 he was elected a member of the supreme court of appeals, for a term of twelve years, and in January, 1906, was re-elected for another term of twelve years. He is known as an admirable jurist — able, industrious, and entirely faithful to his trusts. He was married, February 9, 1865, to Kate Harwood, of Richmond Virginia.
Kate Howard Cardwell (1839 - 1909)*
Howard Cardwell (1866 - 1876)*
William Duval Cardwell (1868 - 1954)*
Lucy Crump Cardwell (1870 - 1956)*
Lizzie Cardwell Taylor Echols (1872 - 1936)*
Charles Patteson Cardwell (1874 - 1941)*
Kate Cardwell Winston (1875 - 1924)*
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Jul 26, 2001
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