FRANCIS MARION WOOTEN, son of Robert L. and Julia A. Wooten, was born at LaGrange, N. C., August 4th, 1875. His father was a farmer. His mother was a daughter of M. R. C. Loftin and Julia Parker Loftin.
He was educated at Columbia College, New York, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Taking up pharmacy, he was licensed in 1897 and in 1904 he located at Greenville, where he had lived several years prior to 1897. While a pharmacist and engaged in the business he took up the study of law, was licensed to practice in 1905 and began practice at Greenville. In 190 . . he was elected Mayor, which office he held two terms. In 1910 he was again elected Mayor to fill an unexpired term. Thus he now combines pharmacy, law and executive duties. He is a member of the Episcopal church and a “lay reader.” He is a Mason, with his membership with Unanimity Lodge at Edenton, North Carolina. He is also a member of Tar River Lodge, Knights of Pythias, Greenville, North Carolina. He is an active business man, a good lawyer and popular Mayor.
July 7th, 1909, he married Elizabeth Hampton Wade, a daughter of . . . . Wade, of Farmville, Virginia.
Source: Henry T. King, Sketches of Pitt County [North Carolina]: A Brief History of the County, 1704-1910 (Raleigh: Edwards & Broughton, 1911), p. 256.