Thomas Ruffin Jr.

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Thomas Ruffin Jr. (September 21, 1824 – May 23, 1889) was a justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1881 to 1883. [1]

Born in Hillsborough, North Carolina, he was the fourth son of North Carolina Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin and Anne Kirkland Ruffin, and the grandson of state legislator Sterling Ruffin. [1]

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  1. 1 2 Thomas W. Austin, Jr., "Ruffin, Thomas, Jr.", NCPedia (1994).