RICHARD BEAUREGARD HYATT is now in his consecutive term as sheriff of Edgecombe County, and has for many years been closely identified with the business and civic affairs of Tarboro and that community.

He was born at Tarboro, August 21, 1864, a son of Jesse Blair and Margaret (Horne) Hyatt.  His father was a substantial merchant of Tarboro, and for a number of years served as chief of police of the city.

Richard B. Hyatt was educated in Prof. F. S. Wilkinson’s school and his first practical experience was as a clerk in a general store.  In 1893 he was appointed deputy sheriff of Edgecombe County, and filled that office six years, an experience that gave him a training of much value as an officer of law and order.  For a year he was chief of police at Tarboro, resigning that office, and for some years served as constable.  In February, 1912, he was appointed to serve an unexpired term as sheriff of Edgecombe County, and in 1913 was regularly elected to that office and has been re-elected in 1915 and 1917.  The administration of the affairs which come under the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s office in Edgecombe County have never been more efficient than under Mr. Hyatt.

He is also a director of the Edgecombe Homestead & Loan Association and of the Edgecombe County Fair Association.  Fraternally he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  Mr. Hyatt married January 19, 1897, Miss Minnie White, of Halifax County, North Carolina, daughter of William King White, a farmer of that county.

Transcription from the book, North Carolina, the Old North State and the New, volume V, published in 1941, page 94, found on the website, Hathitrust Digital Library (, accessed 14 June  2021. 

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