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ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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Previous Sheriffs 1752 to Present
 
1982 - present A. Lindy Pendergrass


1958 - 1982 C.D. Knight

Buck Knight retired November 1982. He was well known for his stern attitude toward discipline and other things. A retirement party held at the Big Barn consisted of over 400 people. Former County Commissioner Anne Barnes and her husband Billy, sang a song "The Legend of Buck Night." The theme of the song was "Buck's a tough old sheriff, but a darn nice guy."


1954 - 1958 Odell Clayton


 

Oct. 1938 - 1954 S.T. Latta, Jr.


Dec. 1928 - Oct. 1938 W. T. Sloan

  L. Bunn Lloyd

  Thomas E. Sparrow

Dec. 9, 1916 - May 3, 1920 C. G. Rosemond


Dec. 8, 1910 - Dec. 8, 1916 R.D. Bain

Photo courtesy of News of Orange, Nov. 2nd, 1916


Sept. 5, 1904 - Dec.8, 1910 S.M. Andrews

Dec. 6, 1880 - Sept. 5, 1904 John Knox Hughes

Sept. 5, 1870 - Dec. 6, 1880 Thomas H. Hughes

Aug.15, 1868 - Sept. 5, 1870 John Turner

1867 E. H. Ray

July 4, 1865 to 1867 Hugh B. Guthrie

Aug. 22, 1864 to July 4, 1865 Richard M. Jones



Aug. 26,1862 to Aug. 22, 1864 Hugh B. Guthrie

Aug.23, 1852 to Aug.26, 1862 Richard M. Jones

1833 - 1852 James C. Turrentine

1823 - 1832 Thomas D. Watts
Owned the Watts Hotel on Franklin Street, Chapel Hill,  from 1834 to 1846.
1820 - 1822 Thomas Clancy

1818 - 1820 Edward Harris

1810 - 1818 Josiah Turner

Image provided by the Historical Foundation of Hillsborough and Orange County.

1809 - 1810 David Ray

1799 - 1809 Samuel Turrentine
Samuel was Sheriff of Orange Co., NC, US Marshal, Dist. of NC; Major, War of 1812
1796 - 1799 Andrew Murdock

1794 - 1796 Joseph Hodge

1793 - 1794 John Willis

1791 - 1793 John Sloss

1789 - 1790 William McCauley

1787 - 1789 John Nichols

1784 - 1786 James Freeland

1782 - 1784 James Mebane

1780 - 1780 John Hawkins

1777 - 1780 Alexander Mebane, Jr.

1772 - 1775 Thomas Donaldson

1770 - 1772 John Butler
Part of John Butler's duties was to collect the taxes for England. His brother William was a member of the regulators, that did not want to pay taxes.

1769 - 1770 John Lea

1768 - 1769 Tyree Harris
Sheriff Tyree Harris read Governor Tryon's latest proclamation to a Regulator assemblage regarding taxes, and was met with threats of violence.
1768 Thomas Hart
Merchant, Land Speculator. Born in Virginia; moved to Orange county about 1757. Justice of the peace and sheriff of Orange county. Lieutenant colonel of militia; fought against Regulators. Had an interest in a store in Hillsboro and owned Hart's Mill, two miles from town. Member general assembly. Commissary officer for troops during Revolution.

1765 - 1768 William Nunn

1763 - 1765 Thomas Hart

1760 - 1762 William Reed

1758 - 1760 Josiah Dixon
 
1757 - 1758 Lawrence Thompson

1754 - 1756 John Gray

1752 - 1754 Alexander Mebane
Delegate to Provincial Congress, 1776. Justice of peace and sheriff of Orange county. Auditor Hillsboro district, 1783-1784. Member Hillsboro and Fayetteville conventions, 1789; of general assembly, 1787-1792; and of congress, 1793-1795. Alexander was the first Sheriff of Orange County North Carolina, and one of the nine men who selected Chapel Hill as the site for University of North Carolina.