Lacy Thornburg

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Lacy Herman Thornburg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
In office
March 17, 1995 – August 31, 2009
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Robert D. Potter
Succeeded by Max O. Cogburn, Jr.
46th North Carolina Attorney General
In office
Governor James G. Martin
Preceded by Rufus L. Edmisten
Succeeded by Mike Easley
Personal details
Born (1929-12-20) December 20, 1929 (age 85)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Alma mater University of North Carolina (B.A.)
University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D.)

Lacy Herman Thornburg (born December 20, 1929) is an American lawyer and former judge; he served as the North Carolina attorney general from 1985 to 1993.

After serving in the United States Army, Thornburg attended Mars Hill College when it was a junior college. He then earned a law degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He practiced law in Webster, North Carolina from 1954 to 1967, and was meanwhile elected to three terms (1961–66) in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He was then appointed and later elected as a state superior court judge, serving from 1967 until 1983.

In 1992, he unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat for governor of North Carolina. He was defeated in the primary by former governor Jim Hunt, who went on to win the general election.

In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed Thornburg a United States District Court judge for the state's western district, based in Asheville, North Carolina. He retired on August 31, 2009.

He is the father of Alan Z. Thornburg and Lacy E. Thornburg, a Harvard-educated orthopaedic surgeon practicing in the Asheville area.

A stretch of U.S. Highway 23 in North Carolina is named for Thornburg.[1]


  1. ^ News & Observer blog: A piece of the road for Thornburg. Retrieved on 2013-01-13.

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