The profession of law, of protecting the rights of the people and enterprises which make up a community, not only is one of the oldest known to mankind, but one of the most highly esteemed. There is no place in the civilized world where the lawyer is not a necessity, and as the possibilities of the calling include few cross lot cuts to wealth and influence, its followers almost invariably are men of calm judgment and patient industry.  Possessing genuine talent in his line of endeavor, the young lawyer passes through the probationary period and advances to the highest compensations of his calling, in which event the remuneration not infrequently places him on a financial basis at par with the majority of professional men.  To this capable and resourceful class in Harnett County belongs Arthur A. McDonald, junior member of the well-known law firm of Baggett & McDonald of Lillington.

Mr. McDonald was born March 14, 1889, at Lillington, and is a son of Neill A. and Catherine Isabella (McLean) McDonald. His paternal grandfather, Norman McDonald, was born in North Carolina, and as a young man enlisted for service in the Confederate army during the War Between the States.  He saw much active service and at one time was captured by the enemy and held a prisoner for ninety days on Roanoke Island before his exchange could be effected.  Following the war he engaged in farming in Harnett County, where he rounded out his life in agricultural operations.  Neill A. McDonald has always been a farmer and is one of the substantial and highly esteemed citizens of Harnett County, whose home and property are in the vicinity of Lillington.

Arthur A. McDonald attended the public schools of Harnett County, also a preparatory school, and the Trinity Park School at Durham, from which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1911.  He then became a student at Duke University, where he completed the course of study of the sophomore year and in 1915 graduated from the law department with the degree of Bachelor of Laws.  Admitted to the bar in 1915, he was elected judge of the Recorder's Court at Lillington, a capacity in which he served two years, and in 1918 became clerk of the Superior Court and served four years.  Since then he has devoted himself to the practice of his profession, in partnership with Hiram Baggett, under the firm style of Baggett & McDonald, their offices being located in the Baggett Building.  Mr. McDonald is a member of the Harnett County Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  In addition to his professional business Mr. McDonald has farming interests in Harnett County and has 500 acres planted to cotton.  He is secretary and treasurer of the Lillington National Farm Loan Association, which since its establishment in 1918 has loaned out $378,000 without a loss; and secretary of the Lillington Credit Group, which makes loans to farmers to finance the growing crops, and which group has loaned $300,000, without the loss of a penny.  These companies are one of the natural necessities in an agricultural country and do much to encourage the efforts of the farmers, who without their assistance could hardly carry on in many cases. Fraternally Mr. McDonald is affiliated with the Junior Order United American Mechanics, and in politics is a democrat. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he is district steward and steward of the local church, where he is also charge lay leader. He resides with his family in an attractive home on Eighth Street.

On June 15, 1916, Mr. McDonald was united in marriage with Miss Mary Reade, daughter of E. W. and Fanny (Moore) Reade, natives of North Carolina. Mr. Reade has been for a number of years a substantial merchant of Durham. 

Mr. and Mrs. McDonald have four children: Arthur Allen, Jr., born in February, 1917; Katherine born in May, 1919, who died in June, 1919; Walter Neill, born in July 1921; and Ruth Reade, born in May 1923.