Thomas T. Fauntleroy (lawyer)

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Thomas T. Fauntleroy
Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
In office
January 1, 1883 January 1, 1895
Servingwith M.R. Kaufman
Preceded by Edward C. Burks
Succeeded by John Alexander Buchanan
Member of the VirginiaHouseofDelegates
from the Frederick County district
In office
December 7, 1857 December 4, 1859
Preceded by R.C. Bywaters
Succeeded by George W. Ward
Member of the VirginiaHouseofDelegates
from the Frederick County district
In office
December 5, 1877 December 2, 1879
Servingwith Nimrod Whitacre
Preceded by John F. Wall
Succeeded by E.P. Dandridge
Personal details
Thomas T. Fauntleroy, Jr.

(1823-12-20)December 20, 1823
Winchester, Virginia, U.S.
DiedOctober 2, 1906(1906-10-02) (aged 82)
St. Louis, Missouri
Alma mater University of Virginia

Thomas Turner Fauntleroy (December 20, 1823 October 2, 1906) was a Virginia attorney, politician, and judge of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

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Early and family life

Fauntleroy was born in Winchester, Virginia. He was the second son of Colonel Thomas Turner and his wife Ann Magdalene Magill Fauntleroy, and had several brothers and sisters. His son would later trace the family's ancestry to Charles Magill of Winchester and Charles Mynn Thruston who both served in the American Revolutionary War (Magill on General Washington's staff). Although his father was assigned various commands in the western U.S. territories, Thomas Jr. was educated at Benjamin Hallowell High School in Alexandria and the University of Virginia, where he graduated with the law class of 1844.

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In 1847, he began private practice in Winchester and in 1850 was elected Commonwealth's Attorney in Frederick County. He twice served in the legislature from 1857 to 1859 and again in 1877. In the prewar election, he and M.R. Kaufman ousted the previous delegates for the two Frederick County seats, and the following term, George W. Ward received the most votes and was seated alongside Kaufman. [1]

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Fauntleroy suffered ill health after the Civil War, but resumed practicing law. In 187,[ clarification needed ] Nimrod Whitacre and Fauntleroy ousted the previous incumbents, but after the subsequent redistricting, E. P. Dandridge was the only representative of Winchester and Frederick County. [2] Nonetheless, in 1879 Fauntleroy became the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia. [3]

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In 1882, the Virginia General Assembly elected four members to the Supreme Court of Appeals for twelve-year terms effective January 1, 1883. Fauntleroy, Benjamin W. Lacy, Drury A. Hinton and Robert A. Richardson served together on the appellate bench for their twelve-year terms until five successors took office in January 1895.(thus the succession box above is arbitrary)

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Later life and death

After his term ended, Fauntleroy moved first to St. Paul, Minnesota, and then to St. Louis, Missouri, where he died. He is buried in Winchester, Virginia.

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  1. Cynthia Miller Leonard, The Virginia General Assembly 1619-1978 (Richmond: Virginia State Library 1978) p. 465
  2. Leonard p. 525
  3. Louise Pecquet du Bellet, Edward Jaquelin, Martha Cary Jaquelin, Some prominent Virginia families, Volume 4, pg. 295-297