Alonzo Dillard Folger
Alonzo Dillard Folger, 1940. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from North Carolina's 5th district
January 3, 1939 - April 30, 1941
|Franklin W. Hancock Jr.|
|John H. Folger|
|Born||July 9, 1888|
Dobson, North Carolina
|Died||April 30, 1941 (aged 52)|
Mount Airy, North Carolina
|Alma mater||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
Born in Dobson, North Carolina, Folger attended public schools in Surry County and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Folger graduated from UNC with a bachelor's degree in 1912 and a law degree in 1914.
He was admitted to the bar and opened a law practice in Dobson in 1914, relocating to Mount Airy to practice law there. From 1932 to 1938, he was a trustee of the University of North Carolina, and was named to the state's Superior Court in 1937.
Folger had served only two months as a judge when he resigned to serve on the Democratic National Committee; he was a member of the Committee from 1936 until his death in 1941. As a Democrat, he was elected to the 76th United States Congress in 1938 and re-election to the 77th U.S. Congress in 1940, but his second term was cut short by his death in a car accident in Mount Airy on April 30, 1941. In a special election, his brother John Hamlin Folger was chosen to succeed him on Congress. Alonzo Folger is buried in Dobson Cemetery in his hometown of Dobson.