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respective cities, the former in Washington, D. C., and the latter in
Raleigh. Others who attained distinction in the profession were R. C.
Lawrence, of Lumberton, 1898, associated with S. McIntyre and J. D.
Proctor in his practice, and L. R. Varser, 1899, also of Lumberton,
law partner of Mr. Angus McLean; E. J. Britt, 1900, also of
Lumberton; E. W. Timberlake, Jr., 1901, of Wake Forest, on the
faculty of the college School of Law since 1906, and dean of the
College for a period after 1919; A. J. Bethea, 1902, prominent
member of the bar of Columbia, South Carolina, and for a term
lieutenant governor of the State, W. A. Dunn, Jr., 1902, located in
Greenville; O. M. Mull, 1902, Shelby, Speaker of the House of
Representatives in the General Assembly of 1941; J. C. Sikes, 1902,
until his death in 1937 in Monroe. Others who have attained high rank
as lawyers are the following members of the class of 1903: W. S.
Privott at Edenton; James Rovall at Jacksonville, Florida; D. H. Bland
of Goldsboro; and the following who graduated in 1904: Thomas
Allen at Anderson, South Carolina; J. W. Whisnant at Lenoir, who
later gave his attention to banking at Hickory.
Many of the graduates of these years, mostly lawyers, became
prominent in political affairs. Claude Kitchin represented the Second
North Carolina district in the national House of Representatives from
1898 until his death, and for several terms he was chairman of the
Ways and Means Committee and majority leader of the House during
the eight years of the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, and later he
was minority leader, and was regarded as the most popular and
influential member of that body. He opposed President Wilson in the
dispute on the Panama Canal and on entering the war against
Germany and was known as fearless and conscientious as well as
able. It was said that he would have been president had he not been a
Southern man. E. Y. Webb, 1893, was also a member of the national
House of Representatives, serving from 1903-1919, when he was
appointed judge of the Western North Carolina Federal District.
Several important acts of Congress were known by his name, one a
bill prohibiting the transport of alcoholic liquors into dry states,