Thomas Alonzo Clark

Thomas Alonzo Clark (December 20, 1920 – September 4, 2005) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and later the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Thomas Alonzo Clark
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
In office
August 31, 1991 – September 4, 2005
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
In office
October 1, 1981 – August 31, 1991
Appointed byoperation of law
Preceded bySeat established
Succeeded bySusan H. Black
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
In office
November 2, 1979 – October 1, 1981
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Preceded bySeat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born
Thomas Alonzo Clark

(1920-12-20)December 20, 1920
Atlanta, Georgia
DiedSeptember 4, 2005(2005-09-04) (aged 84)
Vero Beach, Florida
EducationWashington and Lee University (B.S.)
University of Georgia School of Law (LL.B.)

Education and careerEdit

Born on December 20, 1920 in Atlanta, Georgia, Clark received a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington and Lee University in 1942 and was in the United States Naval Reserve during World War II, from 1942 to 1946. He received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1949, and was in private practice in Bainbridge, Georgia from 1949 to 1955, in Americus, Georgia from 1955 to 1957, and in Tampa, Florida from 1957 to 1979. He was also an instructor at Georgia Southwestern College from 1956 to 1957.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On August 28, 1979, Clark was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 31, 1979, and received his commission on November 2, 1979. On October 1, 1981, Clark was reassigned by operation of law to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He assumed senior status on August 31, 1991, serving in that capacity until his death on September 4, 2005, in Vero Beach, Florida, from complications of Alzheimer's disease.[2][1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Thomas Alonzo Clark at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ "Thomas Clark's Obituary on Atlanta Journal-Constitution". Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

SourcesEdit

Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
1979–1991
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat established
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
1981–1991
Succeeded by
Susan H. Black