James Clinton Turk

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James Clinton Turk
Judge on United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
In office
October 17, 1972 – November 1, 2002
Nominated by Richard Nixon
Preceded by H. Emory Widener, Jr.
Succeeded by Glen E. Conrad
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 37th district
In office
January 12, 1972 – October 1972
Preceded by None (district reestablished)
Succeeded by John N. Dalton
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 13th district
In office
January 12, 1966 – January 12, 1972
Preceded by Landon R. Wyatt
William F. Stone
Succeeded by Williard J. Moody
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 20th district
In office
January 8, 1964 – January 12, 1966
Preceded by Hale Collins
Succeeded by George S. Adhizer II
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 21st district
In office
January 13, 1960 – January 8, 1964
Preceded by Theodore R. Dalton
Succeeded by Curry Carter
Personal details
Born James Clinton Turk
(1923-05-03)May 3, 1923
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.
Died July 6, 2014(2014-07-06) (aged 91)
Radford, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Barbara Duncan
Alma mater Roanoke College
Washington & Lee University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1943–1946
Rank Staff sergeant
Battles/wars World War II

James Clinton Turk (May 3, 1923 – July 6, 2014) was a state senator and United States federal judge from Virginia.

Biography[edit]

Born in Roanoke County, Virginia, Turk was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. He received an A.B. from Roanoke College in 1949. He received an LL.B. from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1952. He was in private practice in Radford, Virginia from 1952 to 1972. He was a member of the Virginia State Senate from 1959 to 1972. He was minority leader from 1965 to 1972.

On September 25, 1972, Turk was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia vacated by Hiram Emory Widener, Jr. Turk was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 12, 1972, and received his commission on October 17, 1972. He served as chief judge from 1973 to 1993, assuming senior status on November 1, 2002. He died on July 6, 2014 in Radford, Virginia.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'U.S, District Judge James Turk dies,' The Roanoke Times (Virginia), July 6, 2014

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