William Haywood Bobbitt was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, a son of James Henry and Eliza May (Burkhead) Bobbitt. His grandfather was a well known Methodist Minister, James Burrows Bobbitt. The Bobbitt side of his family descended from a soldier of the American Revolution, Sheerwood Haywood Bobbitt Sr. and Sarah Burrows Bobbitt of Halifax County, North Carolina.
The ancestors of William Bobbitt were extraordinary in that they were sincerely and deeply religious, devoted to duty, with serious concern for God and Country. William was born on October 18, 1900.
For the most part, William Bobbitt was reared in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He attended High School in Charlotte from 1913 to 1917. He received his A.B. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1921; University of North Carolina School of Law 1920-1921. Licensed to practice law January 30, 1922. He was associated with the law firm of Stewart and McRae until September 1, 1922 and a member of Parker, Stewart, McRae and Bobbitt from September 1, 1922 to October 1, 1925.
On February 28, 1924, William Haywood Bobbitt married Sarah Buford Dunlap. The couple had four children, one son and three daughters, Sarah Bobbitt, William Haywood Bobbitt Junior, Buford Bobbitt, and Harriet Bobbitt.
William Bobbitt was admitted to practice law in State Courts of North Carolina United States District Court, United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He was a member of Mecklenburg County Bar Association; North Carolina Bar Association, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society. He received honorary LL.D degrees from Davidson College in 1953 and University of North Carolina in 1957. He was a member of North Carolina Commission to study Improvement of Administration of Justice in North Carolina from 1947 to 1949. A member of North Carolina Judicial Council 1949-1954. He was a member of Charlotte Civitan Club; Trustee of Brevard College, President General Alumni Association, University of North Carolina 1954-1955. He was elected resident Superior Court Judge of the l4th Judicial District in 1938 and again in 1946; served as Superior Court Judge continuously from January 1, 1939 through January, 1954.
Governor William B. Umstead appointed William Bobbitt as Associate Justice, North ' Carolina Supreme Court, February 1, 1954 and he served under such appointment until 1954 General Election; elected without opposition in 1954 General Election to unexpired portion of term of Associate Justice Barnhill and for a full eight-year term beginning January 1, 1955; elected without opposition 1962 General Election for eight year term beginning January 1, 1963.