Rufus Clay Barringer (1821-1895) of Cabarrus County, NC, the son of Elizabeth Brandon (1783-1844) and Paul M. (1778-1844) Barringer, entered the University in 1838, joined the Dialectic Society, and graduated in 1842. Dusenbery refers to him as "Mutz." He became a lawyer and represented Cabarrus County in the NC House of Commons from 1848 to 1850. He rose from the rank of captain to brigadier-general in the Confederate army, spent four months at Fort Delaware as a prisoner of war, and established a law practice in Charlotte, NC, after the war. He was married to Eugenia Morrison (d. 1858), who bore him a son Paul and a daughter Anna; to Rosalie Chunn (d. 1864), who bore him a son, Rufus Clay Barringer, Jr.; and to Margaret Long (1837-1918), who bore him a son, Osmond L. (Rufus Barringer Papers #1028-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).