- Loren Schweninger
Sprunt, James (09 June 1846–09 July 1924), entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of Alexander Sprunt, an exporter, and Jane Dalziel. Sprunt migrated with his parents to North Carolina in 1852, living first in Duplin County and then Wilmington, New Hanover County, where he attended school until age fourteen. During the Civil War he became a purser on a blockade-runner, but when the ship was captured in 1864, he was imprisoned only to make a daring escape to Halifax, Nova Scotia. He again became a ship’s purser, returned to the South, and was shipwrecked off the coast of Florida. Avoiding Federal troops, he returned to Wilmington....