Born on his father’s farm November 2, 1914.
Began school in a two room country school. Was 8 when his mother died. Went to live with his mother’s sister in Tarboro N.C..
Finished high school at Presbyterian Junior College in Maxton, NC.
Earned B. S. and M.S. degrees from North Carolina State College and a PhD from University of Wisconsin in Agricultural Economics.
Employed by US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. Retired in February 1972. Worked next 20 years as an agricultural development consultant in 53 countries overseas. Served four years in WW II as an Anti Aircraft Officer and retired from National Guard in 1965 with rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Has avid interest in National Politics, and is knowledgeable.