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Judge Oliver Pendleton Meares
Cape Fear Historical Institute Papers
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"Among the positive and forceful characters of the Lower Cape Fear was Oliver Pendleton Meares. He had practiced for years with succes, when the interest of the State demanded the creation of a Circuit Court to include Mecklenburg as well as New Hanover County, Judge Meares was appointed to preside in this position, which he held for years with ability.
He had been Colonel of the 18th North Carolina Regiment during the
Civil War, and showed courage and ability. Judge Meares was was as
free from cant and hypocrisy as any man I ever knew, and would
frequently speak the unpleasant truth which actually wounded, and
made him unpopular with many people.
He was the brother of Thomas D. Meares, the elder, who was also a
very able lawyer, and who had died before the writer came to the Bar;
they were the sons of William B. Meares, who in the forties and fifties
was said to have been one of the ablest men of his day, reared in the
Cape Fear section. He had for years been a member of Congress and
was admired for integrity and ability, and possessed, it was said, an exceedingly strong personality and vigorous intellect."
(Memoirs of an Octogenarian, John D. Bellamy,
Observer Printing House, 1942, pp. 73-74)
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