Student, University North Carolina, 1917-1919; student, Law School, 1921-1922; Doctor of Laws, Elon College, 1958.
Lawyer; mayor, City of Winton, North Carolina, 1923-1928; attorney, Hertford County, North Carolina, 1923-1931; principal clerk, North Carolina House of Representatives, 1931, 33, 35, 36; secretary state, State of North Carolina, Raleigh, 1936-1989; retired, State of North Carolina, Raleigh, 1989. Member North Carolina House of Representatives, 1929. Keynote speaker North Carolina Democratic Convention, 1950, permanent chairman, 1962.
Chairman board trustees Elon College. Member National Association Secretaries of State (president 1942, dean 1961), American Legion, 40 and 8, Theta Chi. Club: Elk.
Married Minta Banks, November 15, 1924. Children: Armecia (Mistress J. Norman Black, Junior), Thad.