Walter Parker Stacy

13th NC Supreme Court Chief Justice

Date Born: December 26, 1884

Date Died: September 13, 1951

Place Born: Ansonville, NC

Place Buried: Mary Love Cemetery in Hamlet, NC


Chief Justice 1925-1951
Associate Justice 1921-1925

Walter Parker Stacy was born on December 26, 1884 in Ansonville, NC, the son of Rev. Lucius Edney Stacy and Rosa (Johnson) Stacy. He attended Morven High School, Weaverville College, and the University of North Carolina, where he received a B.A. degree in 1908. In 1909, he accepted an assistantship in history at Chapel Hill, read law, and was admitted to the NC bar in the same year. He was then a Principal at a grade school in Raleigh, NC for a short time.

Walter Parker Stacey married Maud DeGan Graff of New York.

Circa 1910, Walter Parker Stacy moved to Wilmington, NC, where he formed a law partnership with Graham Kenan.

From 1914 to 1915, Walter Parker Stacy was County Attorney for New Hanover County.

In 1914, Walter Parker Stacey was elected to represent New Hanover County in the NC House of Representatives of the:
- 101st General Assembly that met in 1915

In 1915, Governor Locke Craig appointed Walter Parker Stacy as a Judge on the NC Superior Court.

In the 1920 General Election, Walter Parker Stacy was elected as an Associate Justice on the NC Supreme Court, replacing Associate Justice George Hubbard Brown, who declined to run again due to poor health. He took the oath of office in January of 1921.

On March 16, 1925, Chief Justice William Alexander Hoke resigned due to poor health, and Governor Angus Wilton McLean appointed Walter Parker Stacy as the next Chief Justice on the NC Supreme Court. In 1926, Stacy was elected in his own right, and he was then re-elected in 1934, 1942, and 1950. He was Chief Justice until his death in 1951, the longest serving Chief Justice in North Carolina history.

From 1926 to 1927, Chief Justice Walter Parker Stacy lectured at the Northwestern University School of Law.

In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge appointed Chief Justice Walter Parker Stacy as a neutral member of an emergency arbitration board charged with settling a wage controversy between the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and several southeastern railroads. The board was created under authority of the Railway Labor Act of 1926, and during the next eight years three Presidents selected Chief Justice Stacy to serve on six additional panels to resolve railway disputes.

In 1930, Walter Parker Stacy was advanced as the Democratic alternative to Republican John J. Parker for a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. President Herbert Hoover, however, nominated Judge Parker.

From 1931 to 1932, Chief Justice Walter Parker Stacy was chairman of the North Carolina Constitutional Commission, which proposed a redraft of the state constitution.

In 1934, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed Chief Justice Walter Parker Stacy to a labor relations board for the iron and steel industries. This board, a forerunner of the National Labor Relations Board, was charged not only with serving as a board of voluntary arbitration but also with mediating disputed issues and conducting elections to determine the agency to represent labor in collective bargaining. Several months later, President Roosevelt tapped Chief Justice Stacy to head another such board to bring peace to the textile industry following a bitter national strike. In 1938, the President again designated Chief Justice Stacy as chairman of a fact-finding board to avert a threatened nationwide railroad strike.

During World War II, Chief Justice Walter Parker Stacy was a member of the National Defense Mediation Board and the War Labor Board. After the war, President Harry Truman selected him for a fact-finding panel to resolve a General Motors–United Automobile Workers dispute and designated him as chairman of the National Labor-Management Conference, which was charged with developing plans for converting wartime industries to peacetime production.

On September 13, 1951, Walter Parker Stacy died in Raleigh, and he was later buried in the Mary Love Cemetery in Hamlet, NC.

Appointed as Chief Justice by Governor Angus W. McLean on March 17, 1925. Elected in the general elections of November 1926.

Son of Rev. L.E. Stacy and Rosa Johnson. Educated at Weaverville College (NC) 1895-1898; Morven (NC) High School 1899-1902; University of North Carolina, A.B. 1908; UNC Law School 1908-1909, LLD (Hon.) 1923. Married Maude DeGan Graff, of Lake Placid Club, NY on June 15, 1929.

Represented New Hanover County in the General Assembly 1915; Judge Superior Court 8th Judicial District 1916-1920; elected as Associate Justice for the NC Supreme Court in 1920.

Member American and North Carolina Bar Associations. General Alumni Association University of North Carolina (president 1925-1926); lecturer summers 1922-1925 inclusive, in Law School University of North Carolina, tendered deanship of same in 1923; lecturer Northwestern University School of Law, summer sessions 1926-1927; named by US Board of Mediation, under Railway Labor Act, as neutral arbitrator to serve on Board of Arbitration (six members), and later elected chairman of board to settle wage controversy between the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and certain railroads in southeastern territory of the United States 1927-1928; appointed by President Calvin Coolidge, 1928, to investigate and report respecting a dispute between officers and members of the Order of Railway Conductors and Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, and certain railroads located west of the Mississippi River; named by US Board of Mediation, January of 1931, to serve as neutral arbitrator in controversy between Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the New York Central, the "Big Four," and P&LE railroads, and again in November of 1931 to serve as neutral arbitrator in controversy between Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, etc., and Railway Express Agency. Appointed by President Herbert Hoover in 1932 as a member of Emergency Board of three, later elected chairman, to investigate and report concerning a number of questions in difference between the L&A and the LA&T railways and certain employees.

Chairman Commission appointed to redraft the Constitution of North Carolina 1931-1932.

Appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, 1934, and 1938 to Emergency Boards under the Railway Labor Act. Appointed by President Roosevelt in 1934 as Chairman National Steel and Textile Labor Relations boards; and again in 1941 as an Alternate Membrer of the National Defense Mediation Board; and in 1942 as an Associate Member of the National War Labor Board and also as a Member of the National Railway Labor Panel. Appointed by President Harry Truman in 1945 as Chairman of the President's National Labor-Management Conference.

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