James Merritt “Mr. Jim” Sharp

James Merritt “Mr. Jim” Sharp

Birth
Rockingham County, North Carolina, USA
Death 2 Aug 1952 (aged 74)
Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Block 7
Memorial ID 35026667 · View Source
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Father of first female N.C. Supreme Court Justice: Susie Sharp

As a child James Merritt Sharp attended school in a one room, log schoolhouse. Determined as a teenager to broaden his education, he, on his own motion, attended Whitsett Institute in Whitsett, North Carolina with money he earned from raising tobacco. By the age of eighteen, he was teaching school.
In 1900, Mr. Sharp established Sharp Institute, a co-educational day and boarding school. In order to obtain a post office for the Institute, Mr. Sharp had to pick a name for the neighborhood, and did so, naming the community Intelligence, North Carolina. Opening in October of 1900 with 50 students, the enrollment climbed to 225 by 1906. Known by then as one of the best preparatory institutions in north central and northwest North Carolina, the school burned in 1907, ending J. M. Sharp's career as "Professor Sharp" as he was affectionately known by institute alumni.
Even before the fire, J. M. Sharp was reading law. The fire's end to a career of teaching led to a career in the law as he passed the Supreme Court's Bar examination in 1908 after studying under the famous Wake Forest Law School Dean, N. Y. Gulley. He began his 44-year practice of the law in Stoneville, North Carolina, moving to Madison in 1910. Four years later, in 1914, he moved his practice to Reidsville, North Carolina where he remained for the next 38 years, continuously practicing law, serving his community, and rearing his family. During his years in Reidsville, he built a reputation as a tenacious trial lawyer who as his last law partner, Norwood Robinson, said "never had a guilty client". Constantly active in the political and social life of his community, he served in the North Carolina State Senate in 1925 and 1927, representing the 17th Senatorial District. He was county attorney for the county of Rockingham and served a number of successive terms as President of Reidsville's Chamber of Commerce and the Rockingham County Farm Bureau.


Gravesite Details Family is mentioned in the book "Bitter Blood" by Jerry Bledsoe

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  • Created by: David Clay
  • Added: 20 Mar 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 35026667
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Merritt “Mr. Jim” Sharp (26 Sep 1877–2 Aug 1952), Find a Grave Memorial no. 35026667, citing Greenview Cemetery, Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by David Clay (contributor 46973418) .