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.
47th North Carolina Attorney General
In office
1985–1993
Governor James G. Martin
Preceded by Rufus L. Edmisten
Succeeded by Mike Easley
Personal details
Born Lacy Herman Thornburg
(1929-12-20) December 20, 1929 (age 87)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Education 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 retired United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He served as the North Carolina attorney general from 1985 to 1993.

Education and career[edit]

Thornburg was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina in 1952. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1954. He was in the United States Army as a Private First Class from 1947 to 1948. He was in private practice of law in Webster, North Carolina from 1954 to 1967. He was a Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1961 to 1966. He was a Special judge of the Superior Court of the 30th Judicial District of North Carolina from 1967 to 1971. He was a Resident judge of the Superior Court of the 30th Judicial District of North Carolina from 1971 to 1983. He was the state attorney general of State of North Carolina from 1985 to 1992. He was an Emergency judge of the Superior Court of the 30th Judicial District of North Carolina from 1993 to 1994. He was a Consultant for the Indian Gaming Commissioner from 1994 to 1995.

Gubernatorial campaign[edit]

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.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Thornburg was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Thornburg was nominated by President Bill Clinton on January 11, 1995, to a seat vacated by Robert D. Potter. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 17, 1995, and received commission the same day. He retired on August 31, 2009.

Personal[edit]

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

Honor[edit]

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

References[edit]

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

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert Daniel Potter
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
1995–2009
Succeeded by
Max O. Cogburn, Jr.
Preceded by
Rufus L. Edmisten
Attorney General of North Carolina
1985–1993
Succeeded by
Mike Easley