“Richmond Pearson’s Dream”
Image Size: 10.25″ X 14″
This print frames to approximately: 18.75″ X 22.75″
All about Richmond Pearson law school featured in “Richmond Pearson’s Dream”
“Richmond Pearson’s Dream” is an historical print featuring the law school that Chief Justice Richmond Mumford Pearson started near the banks of the Yadkin River,in 1861, in my Yadkin County, North Carolina. It was considered to be the finest law school in North Carolina.
Richmond Mumford Pearson was born in Cooleemee, Davie County, North Carolina in 1805. He studied law at Williamsboro ( present day Vance County, North Carolina), in the early law school of Leonard Henderson.
Pearson was admitted to the bar in 1829 and began a successful practice in Salisbury, NC then moved to Mocksville, NC. He moved from Mocksville to his Yadkin County home on the banks of the Yadkin River in 1848. That same year, he began his service on the NC Supreme Court. In 1868 he was elected Chief Justice and served until his death in 1878.
Mr. Pearson built the large brick house, represented in this painting, that still stands at Richmond Hill in Yadkin County, North Carolina in 1861. At Richmond Hill, he taught law in his school for about 30 years. It is said that over 1000 lawyers studied at the Richmond Pearson Law School. Many of them later became governors, congressmen and judges. The grounds surrounding Richmond Hill were known as “Logtown” because of the many log cabins on both sides of the road leading to the school. These log cabins where where Pearson’s many law students lived.
This, my rendition of the Richmond Pearson Law School that was featured on the cover of the fall 2000 Yadkin Valley Telephone directory.