Darrell Castle

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Darrell Castle
Personal details
Born 1948 (age 67–68)
Nationality American
Political party Constitution
Alma mater

East Tennessee State University

University of Memphis
Occupation Attorney
Profession Law
Website http://www.darrellcastle.com/
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  U.S. Marine Corps
Rank US Marine O2 shoulderboard.svg First lieutenant

Darrell Castle (born 1948) is an American political figure, activist and attorney from Memphis, Tennessee, and was the vice presidential candidate of the Constitution Party in the 2008 United States presidential election.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Castle grew up in northeastern Tennessee in a small town near Kingsport. He attended Ketron High School and East Tennessee State University, graduating from each in 1966 and 1970, respectively. At ETSU, he earned a B.S., double-majoring in political science and history.

Castle then became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving for four years and attaining the rank of first lieutenant.[2] He cites his military service as fostering his belief that war should not be entered into capriciously nor without congressional approval.[3] After his discharge, he returned to ETSU and began his graduate study of history. He then attended the law school at University of Memphis, then known as Memphis State University, and earned his Juris Doctor in 1979.

Law career[edit]

Upon receiving his J.D. in Memphis, Castle became an attorney. In 1984, he opened a private firm which later grew into Darrell Castle and Associates. Since then, Castle has opened firms in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan; and Kansas City, Missouri. His firms focus on consumer bankruptcy and personal injury, but also represent clients in the areas of social security/disability and workers' compensation.

Political involvement[edit]

At the 2008 Constitution Party National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, Baptist pastor Chuck Baldwin defeated former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Alan Keyes to win the party's nomination. The Party then nominated Castle to the ticket as its vice presidential candidate. Baldwin had himself been the Constitution Party nominee for Vice President in 2004.

At the 2012 Constitution Party National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Castle declared his candidacy for the party's presidential nomination one day prior to the nomination vote, citing requests from several delegates that he seek the nomination.[4] He finished as runner-up to former U.S. Congressman Virgil Goode, who won the nomination on the first ballot.[5]

Castle is the former National Vice-Chairman of the Constitution Party.

Castle was a candidate for the Constitution Party's 2016 presidential nomination, but withdrew his candidacy in January of 2016 because of health concerns.[6]


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Chuck Baldwin
Constitution Party vice presidential nominee
Succeeded by
Jim Clymer