Prior to entering upon his regularly chosen career as a practitioner of law, Edgar Carlyle West had four years of experience as a teacher in the public schools. No doubt this period of his training has since played its part in the gaining of his success at the bar of Harnett County, and during the past eleven years he has been one of the most successful of Dunn's legists. No other occupation, save agriculture and banking, strikes so deeply into the roots of the commonwealth. But neither of these presents the latitude for moral digression, for intricate and questionable interpretation vouchsafed the learned disciple of legal science. It is for this reason that the man of principle, of steady application and unswerving purpose leads in the matter of really superior compensation, and like considerations prevail in the career of Mr. West.

Mr. West was born October 22, 1891, in Sampson County, North Carolina, and is a son of H. H. and Sudie (Hargrove) West. His father, a native of Sampson County, was engaged in agricultural operations throughout his life in that community, where he was held in high esteem for his many admirable traits of character. He was a farmer of progressive tendencies, who used modern methods in his operations, and who secured results by industry and good management. As a citizen he was broadminded, and a supporter of worthy measures and beneficial movements, although he never sought office.  His death occurred in April, 1925, while Mrs. West, who was a native of Duplin County, this state, passed away in February, 1911.

The boyhood and youth of Edgar Carlyle West were passed in the midst of agricultural surroundings, where he spent much of his time in assisting his father in the- work of the home farm. His early education was acquired in the district schools of his native community, following which he pursued a teacher's training course at the East Carolina Teachers' Training School at Greenville.  The next four years were passed by Mr. West as a teacher in the country schools of Sampson County, and while so engaged he employed his leisure time in the study of law. He likewise had one year of training at Buies Creek Academy, and finally entered Wake Forest College, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1915. In that year Mr. West entered upon the practice of his profession at Dunn, where he has since built up a large and lucrative clientele. Mr. West is now one of the acknowledged leaders of his calling in Harnett County, and at his well-appointed offices in the First National Bank Building handles loans, adjustments and collections. He is a member of the Harnett County Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association, and his professional business carries him into all of the courts. He has been identified with much of the important litigation that has been brought into the courts in recent years, and his fine talent has carried him to victory in a number of noteworthy cases. In addition to his law practice he has extensive farming interests in Bladen and Sampson counties. A republican in his political convictions, Mr. West is a member of the republican state executive committee and one of his party’s leading members in the community, having beer presidential elector for his district in 1924.  Under President Harding's administration he received the appointment as postmaster at Dunn and served capably in that capacity, and on two occasions has been the candidate of his party for county judge, but in each case has met with defeat by a narrow margin.  Mr. West takes a keen interest in civic affairs and is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. As a fraternalist he belongs to the Masons; the Knights of Pythias, the Improved Order of Red Men and the Loyal Order of Moose. With his family he belongs to the Missionary Baptist Church.

On April 9, 1916, Mr. West was united in marriage with Miss Irma Jernigan, a daughter of Rev. W. J. and Parthenia (Parker) Jernigan, natives .of Sampson County. Reverend Jernigan, who was a Baptist minister and for many years filled various pulpits in Sampson and adjoining counties, died in February 1916. Mr. and Mrs. West have four children: Edward Carlyle, born January 4, 1918; Irma Elizabeth, born January 24, 1921; James Jernigan, born December 18, 1922; and Robert Holt, born September 17, 1924. The pleasant family home is located at No. 201 Washington Avenue. Mrs. West is active in the work of the Missionary Baptist Church.