ARMFIELD, Robert Franklin, (1829 - 1898)


ARMFIELD, Robert Franklin, a Representative from North Carolina; born near Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., July 9, 1829; attended the common schools and was graduated from Trinity College, Durham, N.C.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1845 and began practice in Yadkinville, N.C.; enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861; served as lieutenant and later as lieutenant colonel of the Thirty-eighth Regiment of North Carolina State troops during the Civil War; moved to Statesville, N.C., and continued the practice of law; State solicitor for the sixth district in 1862 while on furlough from the Army; member of the State senate in 1874 and 1875, serving as president in 1874; Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 1875 and 1876; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883); was not a candidate for renomination in 1882; resumed the practice of law; appointed and subsequently elected judge of the superior court and served from 1889 until January 1, 1895, when he retired; died in Statesville, Iredell County, N.C., November 9, 1898; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.