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Thomas Richard Purnell, American judge.

Background

Purnell, Thomas Richard was born in 1847 in Wilmington, North Carolina, United States. Son of Thomas R. and Eliza A. (Dudley) Purnell.

Education

Entered C.S.A. at 16 years of age. Surrendered and paroled, Greensboro, 1865. Graduate Trinity College, June 1869.

On coming of age engaged in practice of law.

Career

Republican. Has served in both branches State legislature. Has been State librarian. Candidate for attorney general of North Carolina, 1892.

United States judge, Eastern district North Carolina, May 5, 1897—1908. Home: Raleigh, North Carolina.

Connections

Married Adelia E. Zevely, November 16, 1870.

father:
Thomas R. Purnell

mother:
Eliza A. (Dudley) Purnell

spouse:
Adelia E. Zevely