David Marshall was born in Cumberland County, North Carolina back in 1900 to James and Laura. As a young boy, he worked at his family’s farm. In the 8th grade he was expelled from school. When he was 15 he enlisted in the Navy but they found out about his age and discharged him. In 1917, he enrolled in the Blackstone Military Academy however he failed to complete the first semester.
Having failed at many jobs he began to operate an illegal distillery near Godwin, North Carolina. Some deputies found the still, as they were transporting evidence they came under fire from David. Deputy Alfred Pate was struck two times by bullets and died at the scene. David was arrested the next day charged with murder.
While in prison he worked in the machine shop. It was there where his true talents were recognized. His sentence was commuted and he was released in 1929. He died in 1975.
What you may not know about David Marshall Williams is that he was an inventor. He held several patents for firearms. He designed the floating chamber and the short-stroke piston. He worked for the Colt Manufacturing Company, Remington Arms, Winchester Arms and the military. For those of you who are old enough to remember the movie “Carbine Williams”, that movie was based on his life. It was his design that produced the famous M-1 Carbine.
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