HIRAM BAGGETT

In addition to any consideration that might arise from his connection with one of the fine old pioneer families of North Carolina, Hiram Baggett, of Lillington, has erected around him a solid wall of professional, and general confidence, and as a practicing attorney has acquired a large and lucrative clientage. His career in his profession has ex- tended over a period of twenty years, during which time he has gained high rank and reputation, having displayed all of the qualities necessary for the fulfillment of an honorable and successful professional life.

            Mr. Baggett was born July 15, 1877, on a farm in Sampson County, North Carolina, and is a son of Silas E. and Winifred (Wilson) Baggett, natives of the same county. His father was reared in the rural districts of Sampson County, where he received a public school education, and was still a youth when he enlisted in the Con- federate army for service during the War Between the States. He passed safely through a number of hard-fought engagements, and at the close of the great civil struggle returned to the peaceful pursuits of farming, in which he continued to be engaged during the remainder of his life. He died May 10. 1904, and his widow only survived him until February 1905. They were honorable and God-fearing people who lived in amity with their neighbors and who were esteemed and respected for their many sterling qualities of mind and heart.

            Hiram Baggett acquired his early education in the public schools of Sampson County, and spent his boyhood and youth on the home farm, remaining with his parents until he became of age. It was not his intention to follow an agricultural career, and instead he secured a position to teach in the public schools. For about three years he held positions in the rural districts of Sampson, Wilson and Harnett counties, but at the end of that time gave up his endeavor to mold the plastic mind of youth and accepted position as a traveling salesman, a vocation which he followed with some measure of success for four years. In the meantime Mr. Baggett had been preparing himself during his leisure hours for entrance at the University of North Carolina, where he became a student of the law department in 1906. The study that had gone before made it possible for him to be graduated in the same year, and in 1907 he was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of his profession at Lillington, where he is now senior partner of the law firm of Baggett & McDonald, with Arthur A. McDonald, their offices being in the Baggett Building. Mr. Baggett is one of the able and reliable members of the Harnett County bar, and has the full confidence of a large and representative clientage.

            He is a member of the Harnett County Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association, and belongs also to the Masonic fraternity and the Lions Club. Politically he is a democrat with independent tendencies and has not cared for public honors. In addition to his large practice Mr. Baggett has realty interests of an important nature. He has made a practice in-the part of purchasing farming lands at a modest figure, placing them under a high state of improvement and cultivation, and then selling them, and by using this method of procedure has been a factor in securing new and responsible people to settle at Lillington and elsewhere in Harnett County.

            In February 1916, Mr. Baggett was united in marriage with Miss Dollie Moore, a daughter of A. S. Moore, natives of Guilford County, this state. Mr. Moore was brought up to farming, which he followed until the outbreak of the War Between the States, during which he fought in a volunteer infantry regiment in the Confederate States army. At the close of the war he re- turned to Guilford County, where he continued carrying on his agricultural operations until his death in 1922. He was survived by Mrs. Moore until January 1926. Mr. and Mrs. Baggett have no children.   They make their home at the Killeygrey Hotel at Lillington.