Guide to the Sim A. DeLapp Papers, 1862-1976
The collection chiefly documents DeLapp's long-term involvement with the North Carolina Republican Party at the state and local level. While correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection, there are also some legal and financial papers, writings and speeches, printed material, and clippings. Being Chair of the North Carolina Republican Party (1942-1950) and legal counsel to the party (1950-1964), provided DeLapp access to state party leaders, which is reflected by the correspondents that include J. E. Broyhill, Wilmer D. Mizell, William E. Cobb, and Jesse Helms.
Included is information concerning political appointments, canvassing and registering voters, political campaigns, and political speeches (some made by DeLapp). DeLapp's efforts to promote Republican presidential candidates is highlighted in 1952 when he served as North Carolina State Chairman of Dwight D. Eisenhower's campaign. The earliest corespondence primarily relates to Delapp's father, Alexander T. Lapp, who was sheriff of Davidson County, N.C., from 1906-1912 and 1916-1918. Also represented are DeLapp's responsibilities with the Evangelical and Reformed Church (later the United Church of Christ); information about the DeLapp family and DeLapp's published work, People, Politics, Religion; and concern about the Duke University administration during the 1960s and early 1970s.
- Sim A. DeLapp papers 1862-1976
- DeLapp, Simeon Alexander
- 10 Linear Feet, circa 13,100 Items
- Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Durham, North Carolina 27708-0185
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|1897, Dec. 21||Born Davidson County, N.C.|
|1918||A.B. Trinity College (now Duke University)|
|1921||LL.B. Trinity College|
|1921-1926||Practiced law in Lexington, N.C.|
|1922-1934||Member, Lexington Board of School Commissioners|
|1926-1946||Member, McCrary and DeLapp law firm|
|1927, July||Married Rose Sexton of Denton, N.C.|
|1928-1930||Davidson County attorney|
|1942-1950||Chair, North Carolina State Republican Party|
|1946-1950||Davison County attorney|
|1946-1952||Practiced law independently in Lexington, N.C.|
|1950-1964||Legal counsel for the North Carolina Republican Party|
|1951-1952||North Carolina State Chairman of Dwight D. Eisenhower's campaign for the presidency|
|1952-1976||Partner, Lexington law firm that maintained a general and trial practice under various names: DeLapp and Ward, 1952-1966; DeLapp, Ward, and Hedrick, 1966-1972; DeLapp and Hedrick, 1972-1974; DeLapp, Hedrick and Harp, 1974-1975; DeLapp, Hedrick, Harp, and Smith, 1975-1976.|
|1965-1970||Trustee, Davidson County Community College|
|1967-1974||Davidson County attorney|
|1976, Aug. 9||Died, Winston-Salem, N.C.|
|1983||Named posthumously to the North Carolina GOP Hall of fame|
Member of the American, North Carolina, and Davidson County Bar Associations and the Lexington Rotary Club. Member and Elder in the First Evangelical and Reformed Church (later United Church of Christ) in Lexington. Member of the Kiwanis Club.
- Republican Party -- North Carolina
- Electioneering -- North Carolina
- North Carolina -- Politics and government
- Patronage, Political -- North Carolina
- Politicians -- North Carolina
- Voter registration -- North Carolina
- Presidents -- United States -- Election 1952
- DeLapp family
- Evangelical and Reformed Church
- Duke University
- DeLapp, Alexander T.
- Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
- Broyhill, J. E.
- Jonas, Charles Raper
- Broyhill, James Thomas, 1927-
- Mizell, Wilmer D.
- Cobb, William E.
- Helms, Jesse
[Identification of item], Sim A. DeLapp Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library acquired the Sim A. DeLapp Papers (1862-1976) in three installments 1978, 1980, and 1983 by purchase and gift. The donation was made by Mrs. DeLapp in 1983.
Processed by Janie Morris
Completed May 15, 1992
Encoded by Alvin Pollock, Electronic Text Unit, UC Berkeley Library
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