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William Roland Bruce

William Roland Bruce, American lawyer. Bar: Virginia 1959, Tennessee 1960, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1964. Named Tennessee Outstanding Young Man, Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1969, Conservationist of Year, Tennessee Conservation League, 1972.


  • Bruce, William Roland was born on July 13, 1935 in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. Son of William Roland Senior and Elizabeth (Jack) Bruce.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Virginia, 1956. Bachelor of Laws, University Virginia, 1959.


    • Associate Martin, Tate & Morrow, Memphis, 1959-1962. Sole practice, 1963-1965. Partner Bruce & Southern, 1965-1972.

      Chairman Bruce, Brandon & Regan, Professional Corporation, 1972-1991. With Baker, Worthington, Crossley & Stansberry, Nashville, 1991-1994, Adams and Reese, Nashville, since 1994. Lecturer Vanderbilt University School Law, Nashville, 1972-1979.

      Member Tennessee Judicial Council, 1997-2005, vice chair, 2003-2005. Member Tennessee Housing Development Agency, 1998-2004, vice chair, 2004-2005.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Virginia 1959, Tennessee 1960, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1964.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Republican Tennessee House of Representatives, Nashville, 1966-1968. Senator Tennessee Senate, Nashville, 1968-1972. Member Health Education and Housing Facility Board of Memphis, 1984-1989, chairman, 1984-1987.

    Served to captain United States Army, 1957-1958. Fellow Nashville Bar Foundation, Tennessee Bar Foundation, American Bar Foundation. Member American Bar Association.



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    • Married Katherine Martin, September 1, 1956 (divorced April 1980). Married Rita Kay Glisson, January 3, 1981. Children: Kate, William, Elizabeth, Margaret, Andrew, Alexander.
    • father: William Roland Senior Bruce
    • mother: Elizabeth (Jack) Bruce
    • spouses: Katherine Martin
    • Rita Kay Glisson
    • children: Kate Bruce
    • William Bruce
    • Elizabeth Bruce
    • Margaret Bruce
    • Andrew Bruce
    • Alexander Bruce
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