Known as an attorney of broad legal information, engaged in the successful handling of involved and important litigation, Bernard F. McLeod occupies a deservedly high place among the lawyers of Harnett County, where his entire professional career has been passed. Not alone in his profession, however, has he been prominent, but also in financial affairs, and in addition he has been a material contributor to the educational advancement of his locality. Since 1924 he has been engaged in a large practice at Coats, although he also maintains an office at Buies Creek, in which community he makes his home.

Mr. McLeod was born November 22, 1885, in Harnett County, and is a son of J. F. and Ludella (Stewart) McLeod, natives of the same county. The father passed the active years of his life in large agricultural operations in Harnett County, but since 1924 has been living in retirement at Coats. Bernard F. McLeod received his primary education in the rural schools of Harnett County, following which he pursued a course at Buies Creek Academy, now known as the Buies Creek Junior College, being graduated therefrom in the spring of l???. Subsequently he enrolled as a student at Wake Forest College, where he completed the academic and law courses in 1913, and was graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws, cum laude, and for six years thereafter was occupied as an educator, teaching at Buies Creek Academy. On leaving that institution Mr. McLeod became the organizer of the Bank of Buies Creek, of which he acted as cashier until 1923. He is now vice president of this concern and has large farming interests in Harnett County. Politically a republican, he took an active interest in public affairs at Buies Creek, where he served as mayor for four years, and still retains an interest in all progressive movements of the community in which his modern and attractive home is situated. In 1923 Mr. McLeod commenced the practice of law at Buies Creek, where he still has an office, although his principal headquarters for professional work are now located at Coats, and have been since 1924. He has built up a splendid general practice, and is acknowledged to be fully at home in every department of his calling. He is a member of the Harnett County Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association. On frequent occasions he is called upon for speeches and orations before public gatherings, having first given evidence of his power of oratory when he won the junior orators medal while at Wake Forest College. He is a member of the Baptist Church, in which he is a deacon, and for thirteen years has been teacher of the Men's Class at Buies Creek.

On June 22, 1913, Mr. McLeod married Miss Annie Yearby, daughter of Riley and Harriet Yearby, natives of Wake County, this state. Mr. Yearby, who was a veteran of the War Between the States and for many years a merchant near Raleigh, died in 1897, and Mrs. Yearby now makes her home with Mr. and Mrs. McLeod. The latter are the parents of two children: William Louis, born September 26, 1914, and Lyman Abbott, born August 31, 1916. Both sons are attending school at Buies Creek.