William B. Rodman

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William Blount Rodman (1817, Washington, Beaufort County, North Carolina – 1893) was an American lawyer and politician from North Carolina. He was a justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1868 to 1878.


He was the son of William Wanton Rodman (d. ca. 1825, brother of John Rodman) and Polly Anne (Blount) Rodman.

Rodman graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1836 and studied law under Judge William Gaston. He was admitted to the bar in 1838. He delivered an address to the Wake Forest literary societies in 1846.[1] He helped revise the state's legal code in 1854, along with B.F. Moore.

In 1858, he married Camilla Croom, and they had eight children.

He served as a Democratic elector for John C. Breckinridge in 1860 and as a Confederate elector for Jefferson Davis in 1861. During the American Civil War, he commanded Confederate troops and served as a military judge for the Army of Northern Virginia. After the war he resumed the practice of law in Washington, North Carolina, and, though politically Independent, he supported the Republican Party. After taking a leading role at the state constitutional convention, Rodman was appointed to the Supreme Court.

His grandson, William B. Rodman, III, usually called William B. Rodman, Jr., was also a state Supreme Court justice. The portraits of both justices hang in the Supreme Court chambers.


  1. ^ Alfred L. Brophy, "The Republics of Liberty and Letters: Progress, Union, and Constitutionalism in Graduation Addresses at the Antebellum University of North Carolina," North Carolina Law Review 89 (2011): 1879.