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William R. Purcell is a Democratic politician. He was a member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's twenty-fifth Senate district, including constituents in Anson, Richmond, Scotland and Stanly counties 1997-2013. Purcell served in the United States Navy from 1943-1945 during World War II. Purcell then graduated from Davidson College and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and was a pediatrician.Wikipedia