Thomas J. Michie

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Thomas J. Michie

Term Start 1957
Term End 1960
Succeeded by Louis L. Scribner

City Coucilman
Term Start 1960
Term End 1961
Succeeded by J. Robert Ponton

Federal Judge
Electoral District Western District of Virginia
Term Start July 29, 1961

Biographical Information

Date of birth June 7, 1896
Date of death April 9, 1973 (aged 76

)

Place of birth Northport, NY
Alma mater University of Virginia
Profession Attorney, Judge

Thomas Johnson Michie (1896-1973) (D) was elected to City Council on June 8, 1954.[1] Michie served as mayor of Charlottesville during the closure of two public schools by the state’s "massive resistance" laws. He was appointment federal judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and took office on July 29, 1961.

Michie served as Mayor of Charlottesville from 1957 to 1960. After serving on the City Council for nearly seven years, Michie resigned after his appointment as United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia; Federal law prohibits any Federal Judge from holding any state or municipal office. His letter of resignation was submitted to Mayor Louis L. Scribner.[2]

Civic activities

  • City Council, Charlottesville, Virginia[3]
  • Mayor (council elected), Charlottesville, Virginia, 1958-1960

Judicial career

  • Western District of Virginia [4]
Michie was nominated by President John F. Kennedy on May 11, 1961, to a seat vacated by Roby Thompson; he was confirmed by the Senate on June 27, 1961, and received his commission on June 30th. He assumed senior status on November 6, 1967, and served in that capacity until his death on April 9, 1973. Michie was succeeded in this position by Hiram Widener.

Early life and education

  • University of Virginia, A.B., 1917
  • University of Virginia, A.M., 1920
  • University of Virginia School of Law, LL.B., 1921

Professional career

  • U.S. Army Second Lieutenant, 1917-1919
  • Private practice, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1921-1926
  • Attorney, Koppers Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1926-1942
  • Chief counsel, 1937-1942
  • U.S. Army Air Corps Lieutenant Colonel, 1942-1946
  • Private practice, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1946-1961
  • Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law, 1946-1961


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External links

Thomas J. Michie on wikipedia

  1. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, June 21, 1954.
  2. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, July 31, 1961.
  3. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, September 1, 1954.
  4. https://www.fjc.gov/history/judges