Atwell Campbell McIntosh
Professor of Law, 1904-1910

Atwell McIntosh joined the Trinity College law faculty in 1904 although he did not have a law degree.  He had "read law" - an apprenticeship under the tutelage of an experienced practitioner – with both a lawyer and a superior court judge for two years.   His specialties in teaching included contracts, evidence, civil procedure, municipal corporations, and bankruptcy.  He published a casebook on contracts in 1908, and co-authored a work on remedies with Trinity Law Dean Samuel Mordecai in 1910.

McIntosh was born in Taylorsville, N.C., in 1859.  He completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Davidson College in 1881 and 1887.  After reading law from 1881 to 1882 he practiced for several years and was employed as an administrator in public schools.  McIntosh served as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1899.

McIntosh became a professor of law at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1910.  He went on to serve as acting dean there twice.  He assisted in compiling the Consolidated Statutes of North Carolina in 1919, and was in charge of preparing the annotations.  In 1923 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Davidson College.  McIntosh retired in 1934 and was UNC’s first Kenan Professor of Law Emeritus.  He died in 1939.


McIntosh, Atwell Campbell, 1927 AALS Directory of Teachers in Member Schools 58

Trinity College (Durham, N.C.), Annual Catalogue of Trinity College [serial]

Dr. A.C. McIntosh Dies, Father of Mrs. Page [], The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC), Feb. 3, 1939 (last viewed June 16, 2015)

McIntosh portrait
Historic Faculty