Seybourn Harris Lynne

Seybourn Harris Lynne (July 25, 1907 – September 10, 2000) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Seybourn Harris Lynne
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
In office
January 9, 1973 – September 10, 2000
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
In office
1953–1973
Preceded byClarence H. Mullins
Succeeded byFrank Hampton McFadden
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
In office
January 3, 1946 – January 9, 1973
Appointed byHarry S. Truman
Preceded byThomas Alexander Murphree
Succeeded byJames Hughes Hancock
Personal details
Born
Seybourn Harris Lynne

(1907-07-25)July 25, 1907
Decatur, Alabama
DiedSeptember 10, 2000(2000-09-10) (aged 93)
Birmingham, Alabama
EducationAuburn University (B.S.)
University of Alabama School of Law (LL.B.)

Education and careerEdit

Born in Decatur, Alabama, Lynne received a Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) in 1927 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1930. He was in private practice in Decatur from 1930 to 1934. Lynne was a County Judge for the Morgan County Court in Decatur from 1934 to 1941, and a Judge of the Eight Judicial Circuit of Alabama from 1941 to 1942. He was in the United States Army JAG Corps during World War II from 1942 to 1946.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On December 14, 1945, Lynne was nominated by President Harry S. Truman to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama vacated by Judge Thomas Alexander Murphree. Lynne was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 20, 1945, and received his commission on January 3, 1946. He served as Chief Judge from 1953 to 1973 and as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1958 to 1959, assuming senior status on January 9, 1973, and serving in that capacity until his death on September 10, 2000, in Birmingham, Alabama.[1]

Notable casesEdit

During his time on the bench, Lynne judged many important civil rights cases, including the case allowing Vivian Malone Jones and James Hood to enter the University of Alabama, ending segregation at that institution.[2] On June 5, 1956, in the Browder v. Gayle case, the District Court ruled 2-1, with Lynne dissenting, that bus segregation is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Seybourn Harris Lynne at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ Martin, Douglas (September 12, 2000). "Seybourn Lynne, 93; Ruled in Civil Rights Case". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  3. ^ Browder v. Gayle, District Court of the United States for the Middle District of Alabama Northern Division, June 19, 1956, retrieved October 29, 2005.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas Alexander Murphree
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
1946–1973
Succeeded by
James Hughes Hancock
Preceded by
Clarence H. Mullins
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
1953–1973
Succeeded by
Frank Hampton McFadden