William H Worth

William H Worth

Birth
North Carolina, USA
Death 6 Feb 1931 (aged 91)
Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
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There is conflicting information as to his middle name, which is either Hiram or Henry.

From: Biographical History of North Carolina from Colonial Times to the Present
, Volume 3 (Google eBook)
[This volume also contains a portrait of William]

William H. Worth was born on the 13th of July, 1839, in the county of Guilford, about seven miles south of Greensboro, and was raised amid rural surroundings. His earliest education was received at a Free School near his birth-place, and he later spent two years, 1854-1856, in New Garden Boarding School, which is now Guilford College, an institution for higher education established under the auspices of the Society of Friends. After leaving New Garden, Mr. Worth worked as a carpenter to pay for his tuition. In i860 he was clerk for J. M. Worth & Co. at the village of Company Shops, now Burlington, in Alamance County, N. C. In 1861 he entered the machine shops of the North Carolina Railroad Company at the same place. Being a member of the Society of Friends, he took no part in the war between the States which immediately followed.

From 1866 to 1870 he was Assessor of Internal Revenue for the Third North Carolina District. After this he purchased a farm near Kinston, in Lenoir County, and there remained for nineteen years. When the Farmers' Alliance first organized in his section of the State, Mr. Worth identified himself with that body, and became Business Sub-Agent for the Alliance to which he belonged. Later he was made Business Agent of Lenoir County. In 1889 he became State Business Agent, and held the office until December 31, 1894, when he resigned to qualify as public Treasurer of North Carolina, having been elected to that post by the people of the State. During the five years that Mr. Worth served the Farmers' Alliance as State Business Agent his purchase in goods and supplies aggregated $1,827,530, and with his sales of products ran to an amount of more than $2,000,000. Upon the death of State Treasurer Donald W. Bain, Colonel S. McD. Tate was appointed successor to that gentleman by the Governor. At the succeeding election Colonel Tate received the Democratic nomination for the remaining half term (two years), but was defeated by Mr. Worth, who was on the Fusion ticket as a representative of the Populist Party, of which he was a member. At the succeeding regular election Mr. Worth was elected for a full term of four years. During his term as Treasurer he held the respect of all the parties. Upon the close of his term it was discovered that through the defalcation of a trusted clerk the Treasury had been robbed of many thousands of dollars. When this came to his knowledge, Mr. Worth not only made over his entire property to cover the loss and protect his bondsmen, but, to complete the payment, he also secured from members of his household property upon which there was no legal claim whatever. By this act of honor and self-sacrifice neither the State nor any of the Treasurer's bondsmen were losers, though the result of years of toil was thereby swept from the possession of Mr. Worth to make good the shortage of another.

In practice and precept Mr. Worth stands firmly for the cause of temperance, and is also a believer in Prohibition. He is a close student of the Bible, and is also interested in biography. He is an advocate of popular education, and has been a trustee of Guilford College since 1899.

The maiden name of Mr. Worth's wife was Miss Sallie M. Henley. To her he was married on the 25th of April, 1872, and he is the father of four children, Hiram B.; Eunice, who married Charles D. Roberts; Ruth, who married Charles W. Petty; and Annie Henley Worth.


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  • Created by: SierraBravo
  • Added: 24 Mar 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18583131
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William H Worth (13 Jul 1839–6 Feb 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18583131, citing New Garden Friends Cemetery, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by SierraBravo (contributor 46829986) .