E. L. DAUGHTRIDGE
Born in the historic county of Edgecombe, January 17th, 1863, and therefore only 43 years of age, the subject of this sketch has won especial and deserved prominence, as legislator, farmer and business man.
He is a son of the late William Daughtridge, well remembered among our people for his business sagacity, great wealth, and many engaging qualities of head and heart. He received a good education in the common schools of the county and in the Bingham School. Married Oct. 10th, 1883, to an attractive and accomplished lady, Miss Mary W. Odom, he has an interesting family of seven children: Maurice, Clarence, Clyde, Edward Lee, Mary, Archie and Henry. In the training and cultivation of this family no means or efforts have been spared. The result is that his home, “Engleside,” is famed for hospitality, good breeding and refinement.
As a farmer and, in the broader sense, an agriculturist, Mr. Daughtridge takes high rank in the state. “Springfield,” “Flag March” and “Engleside” comprising in all 2,900 acres, are models of successful, scientific cultivation. His handsome residence in Rocky Mount, nearing completion, when done will be one of the most costly and elaborately finished in the State. Mr. Daughtridge is interested in many business concerns in addition to his interests as a farmer. With whatever connected, his excellent business judgement and stainless character gives unusual weight to his views and opinions. By an unanimous vote he was elected and is now president of the State Fair, or North Carolina Agricultural Society. The selection is an assurance of success for the society. Mr. Daughtridge is familiar with managing successfully the details of large concerns. It may be expected that his large sense of State pride will bring out his best efforts in the furtherance of an interest so dear to North Carolinians. Mr. Daughtridge served Edgecombe County faithfully and efficiently for two terms in the Legislature. He was some years a member of the Board of County Commissioners. He is one of North Carolina’s commissioners to the Jamestown Exposition, in 1907, and by the commission has been selected as treasurer. The worth and splendid achievements of Mr. Daughtridge in whatever department of business and civil life he has devoted his time and talents have so signally won upon his county-men and the State, that he has often been appointed upon commissioners to represent the State and, time and again, has been pressed by his numerous and influential friends to allow the use of his name for some of the very high honors in the gift of the people.
Transcription from the book, Industrial Edition of the Rocky Mount Record, published in 1906, page 48, found on the website, Internet Archive (http://archive.org), accessed 22 March 2021.