Thomas Ruffin Edit Profile
Graduated from College of New Jersey (Princeton), 1805.
Admitted to North Carolina bar, 1808. Representative from Borough of Hillsboro to North Carolina House of Commons (Jeffersonian Republican), 1813, 15, 16, speaker, 1816. Judge Superior Court of North Carolina, 1817-1819, 25-28, 58.
Reporter North Carolina Supreme Court, 1820-1821. President State Bank, 1828. The American Association For Justice North Carolina Supreme Court, 1829-1833, chief justice, 1833-1852.
Represented North Carolina at Washington (District of Columbia) Peace Conference, 1861. Delegate to North Carolina Secession Convention, 1861, offered a compromise between ordinance of revolution and outright secession. Responsible for 2 important departures in equity from English precedents, the rejection of doctrine of part performance as a basis for decreeing the specific execution of a verbal contract for sale of land, also the discarding of the doctrine of vendor’s lien upon land sold upon credit.
Trustee U. North Carolina, 1813-1831, 42-68. President North Carolina Agricultural Society, 1854-1860.
Married Anne Kirkland, December 9, 1809, 14 children.