Thomas E. Delahanty

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Thomas E. Delahanty
Judge of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court
In office
September 5, 1973–February 4, 1985
Appointed by Kenneth M. Curtis
Personal details
Born (1914-07-26)July 26, 1914
Lewiston, Maine, U.S.
Died February 4, 1985(1985-02-04) (aged 70)
Lewiston, Maine, U.S.

Thomas E. Delahanty (July 26, 1914 – February 4, 1985) was a justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He was appointed to the position on September 5, 1973 and later served as active retired from August 31, 1979 until his death.

Early life and education[edit]

Delahanty was the son of an Irish immigrant and working-class parents. He attended Lewiston High School where he excelled at baseball and football. He worked in local textile mills to earn money for law school. After an ulcer kept him out of the military during World War II, he became a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[1]


Delahanty was a delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine in 1948. In 1954, he was a candidate for United States House of Representatives from Maine's 2nd congressional district.[2]

Thomas E. Delahanty was married to Jeanne Clifford who was the daughter of Judge John David Clifford, Jr., cousin to Judge Robert W. Clifford, and granddaughter of John M. C. Smith, a U.S. Representative from Michigan's 3rd congressional district. Their eldest son, Thomas E. Delahanty II, was appointed as a justice of the Maine Superior Court.[3]


  1. ^ "Looking Back on June 11, 2010". Sun Journal. 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Index to Politicians: Dehardit to Deland". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Interview with Tom Delahanty, II". Muskie Oral History Project. Bates College. 2000-03-10. Retrieved 2009-04-06.