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Charles Laban Abernethy

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Charles Laban Abernethy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 3rd district
In office
November 7, 1922 – January 3, 1935
Preceded bySamuel M. Brinson
Succeeded byGraham Arthur Barden
Personal details
Born(1872-03-18)March 18, 1872
Rutherford College, North Carolina
DiedFebruary 23, 1955(1955-02-23) (aged 82)
New Bern, North Carolina
Political partyDemocratic

Charles Laban Abernethy (March 18, 1872 – February 23, 1955) was a Democratic U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1922 and 1935.

Born in Rutherford College, North Carolina, Abernethy attended local public schools in Rutherford College before moving to Beaufort, North Carolina in 1893. There, he founded the Beaufort Herald newspaper. Abernethy studied law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was admitted to the bar in 1895. Practicing law in Beaufort, he was solicitor of the third (later the fifth) judicial circuit for twelve years, and a member of the executive committee of the North Carolina Democratic Party between 1898 and 1900.

Abernethy moved to New Bern, North Carolina in 1913, and continued to practice law there. In 1922, he was chosen, in a special election, to fill the seat vacated by the death of Rep. Samuel M. Brinson; he was re-elected to five more terms, serving between November 7, 1922 and January 3, 1935, before being defeated for re-election in 1934. After leaving Congress, he resumed his law practice, retiring in 1938.

Abernethy died in 1955 in New Bern and is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery.[1]

He was a cousin to North Carolina's first Poet Laureate Arthur Talmage Abernethy.[2]


  1. ^ Find A Grave: Cedar Grove Cemetery
  2. ^ Powell, William Stevens (1979). "Abernethy, Arthur Talmage". Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. Vol. 1, A-C. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press. p. 4. ISBN 9780807813294.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by