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Fred B. Helms was born in 1896 in Union County, N.C., and received his law degree in 1922 from Wake Forest School of Law. He begins by discussing banking, his activity in the Democratic Party, his time in the U.S. Army in World War I as a lieutenant in heavy field artillery, and his founding of the law firm Smith, Helms, Mulliss & Moore in Charlotte. He was a private practitioner in Charlotte and was also the city’s prosecuting attorney from 1925 to 1927. Later, he served as president of the State Bar. Other topics discussed in this interview include his jaundiced attitude towards party politics, religion, and world politics. He also describes some of the notable cases he prosecuted including the Littlejohn case and efforts stamp out organized crime in Charlotte.

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