Aug. 1, 1846 Madison Rockingham County North Carolina, USA
Mar. 19, 1931 Ashland Hanover County Virginia, USA
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. He joined Company F of the 45th North Carolina Infantry at the age of sixteen. He went on to become the President of the Supreme Court of Virginia. After the war he returned to his North Carolina home and married. He moved to Hanover County in 1869 where he farmed and read law. He rose rapidly to distinction in his profession and in public esteem and took an active part in politics. He was elected to the House of Delegates in 1881 and served until 1895. He was 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 seat on the bench 1 January 1895. He was the son of Richard Perrin Cardwell and Elizabeth Martin Dalton Cardwell and was married to Kate Howard Cardwell.