NEILL MCKAY SALMON
Since its establishment in Harnett County the Salmon family unfailingly has sustained the most intelligent and practical interests of the community, being equally prominent in professional, business and agricultural life, and in public affairs. Its members have demonstrated the worth of industry and integrity and have made the most of their opportunities, always directing their activities along lines that have won them confidence and esteem. A worthy representative of this family is found in Neill McKay Salmon, who has been engaged in the practice of law at Lillington since 1920 and is now in the enjoyment of a large professional business. He has served capably in several public offices, and is well known in democratic political circles.
Mr. Salmon was born at Lillington, July 20, 1897, and is a son of S. A. and Mary L. (McKay) Salmon, natives of Harnett County. S. A. Salmon was for many years known as a successful livestock dealer, and for six years served as sheriff of Harnett County. He died October 7, 1907, while Mrs. Salmon passed to her final rest March 28, 1925. Neill McKay Salmon was reared at Lillington, and after attending public school spent three years at the Bingham Military School at Asheville. Returning then to Lillington, he graduated from high school as a member of the class of 1916, in which year he enrolled as a student at the University of North Carolina. In 1918 he left that institution and enlisted in the Naval Aviation Corps for service during the World war, and was sent to Boston, Massachusetts, where he was still a student officer at the time of the signing of the armistice. He was honorably discharged from the service November 25, 1918, and on his return entered Trinity College (now Duke University), from the law department of which institution he was graduated in 1920. Admitted to the bar in the same year he formed a partnership with Hon. Charles Ross now assistant attorney general of North Carolina, and for two years this partnership was continued at Lillington. It was then dissolved and Mr. Salmon became associated in practice with W. G. Mordecai, a son of the Dean S. F. Mordecai, of Duke University Law School. Since the spring of 1924 Mr. Salmon has practiced alone, and now has a large general civil and criminal practice, with offices located in the Lay- ton Building. Mr. Salmon has the reputation of' being a shrewd, reliable and industrious legist, I who applies himself assiduously to the interests of his clients, and who has been retained as counsel in numerous important cases. From 1922 until 1924 he served capably as county solicitor of Harnett County. He belongs to the Harnett County Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and has an excellent standing and many friends among his professional brethren. A democrat in politics, he is one of the prominent men of his party at Lillington, and for four years was secretary of the democratic executive committee. In 1926 he was his party's candidate for the State Senate, to which he was elected November 2, 1926. Aside from his profession Mr. Salmon has other interests, and is the owner of valuable farming land in Harnett County. As a church- man he is a Presbyterian, and fraternally he is affiliated with the Masons and the Junior Order United American Mechanics, also holding membership in the American Legion and the Lions Club. He is unmarried and resides on Front Street.