William A. Devin

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William Augustus Devin (1871–1959) was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice and Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

A native of Granville County, North Carolina, Devin, a Democrat, earned his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest College and his law degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Devin served as mayor of Oxford, North Carolina from 1903 until 1909 and was a captain in the North Carolina National Guard.

He was elected to one term (1911–1913) in the North Carolina House of Representatives from Granville. He also served as a state Superior Court judge (1914–1935) before being appointed by the Governor to the state Supreme Court in 1935. He retired as Chief Justice in early 1954.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Walter P. Stacy
Chief Justice of North Carolina Supreme Court
1951 - 1954
Succeeded by
M.V. Barnhill