Thomas M. Kavanagh

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Thomas M. Kavanagh
52nd and 55th Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court
In office
1971 – April 19, 1975
Preceded byThomas E. Brennan
Succeeded byThomas G. Kavanagh
In office
Preceded byLeland W. Carr
Succeeded byJohn Dethmers
76th Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court
In office
1958 – April 19, 1975
Preceded byEdward Sharpe
Succeeded byLawrence Lindemer
48th Michigan Attorney General
In office
January 1, 1955 – December 4, 1957
GovernorG. Mennen Williams
Preceded byFrank G. Millard
Succeeded byPaul L. Adams
Personal details
Born(1909-08-04)August 4, 1909
Carson City, Michigan
DiedApril 19, 1975(1975-04-19) (aged 65)
Lansing, Michigan
Agnes Miller (m. 1930)
Alma materUniversity of Detroit (LL.B.)

Thomas Matthew Kavanagh (August 4, 1909 – April 19, 1975) was an American jurist.

Born near Carson City, Michigan, Kavanagh received his law degree from University of Detroit Mercy. He practiced law in Detroit, Michigan and then returned to Carson City, Michigan where he continued to practice law. Kavanagh served as city attorney and city clerk for Carson City. Kavanagh was a Democrat. He served as the 48th Michigan Attorney General from 1955 to 1957, defeating the incumbent Frank G. Millard in 1954. Thomas Kavanagh went on to serve as a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court from 1958 to 1975 which included eight years as Chief Justice from 1964 to 1966 from 1971 until his death in 1975. Justice Kavanagh was of no relation to fellow Justice (and successor as Chief Justice) Thomas G. Kavanagh. He died of cancer in Lansing, Michigan.[1][2]


  1. ^ Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society-Thomas M. Kavanagh
  2. ^ 'Thomas M. Kavanagh-Chief Justice dies,' Escanaba Daily Press (Michigan), April 21, 1975, pg. 1

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Frank G. Millard
Michigan Attorney General
Succeeded by
Paul L. Adams