( William) Dallas Herring was born in Rose Hill, North Carolina in 1916. He lived his entire life in the house in which he was born, which became the Duplin County Historical Foundation Library. He became the youngest mayor in the nation when he was elected mayor of Rose Hill in 1939, at the age of 23. He served as mayor until 1951, after which he joined the Duplin County Board of Education and was elected Chairman. He worked at expanding educational opportunities for all North Carolinians, and to raise teaching standards at all levels. In 1955 he was appointed to the State Board of Education, where he served for over twenty years as the chairman of the board. He led campaigns to start the North Carolina Curriculum Study , and to establish both the community college system and public kindergartens.Dr. Herring was a scholar who devoted his home to the preservation of historical and cultural resources of Duplin County and the surrounding area. Dr. Herring received the North Caroliniana Society Award for a lifetime of service to his fellow North Carolinians.
Herring, William Dallas, 1916-2007
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Cape Fearians Digital Collection, New Hanover County Public Library
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