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Cyrus Nils Tavares, American judge.


Tavares, Cyrus Nils was born on April 12, 1902 in Pukalani, Maui County, Hawaii, United States. Son of Antone Ferreira and Julia Mahealani (Akana) Tavares.


Juris Doctor, University of Michigan, 1925, Doctor of Laws, 1963.


1 daughter, Shirly Ann Wetzel. Admitted to Hawaii bar, 1925. Practice in Maui County, 1925-1927, also 2d district magistrate Wailuku District Court.

Department attorney general Hawaii, 1927-1934. Partner firm Hewitt & Tavares, Honolulu, 1934-1940. Individual law practice, 1940-1941.

Special deputy attorney general Hawaii, war emergency matters, 1941-1942, assistant attorney general, 1942-1943, attorney general, 1944-1947. Member firm Pratt, Tavares & Cassidy, later Pratt & Tavares, 1947-1960. United States district judge, Hawaii, 1960-1972, senior judge, 1972.


Member Compilation Commission to Compile Revised Laws of Hawaii, 1935. Member Federal Loyalty Review Board, 1952-1953. Member procedural rules committee Hawaii Supreme Court, 1952-1954.

Member Honolulu Charter Commission, 1957-1959. Member Bar Association Hawaii (past president), Legal Aid Society Hawaii (past president), Federal, American bar associations, American Judicature Society, Social Science Association Hawaii, Lawyers. Mason (33 degree, Shriner), Rotarian.

Club: National Lawyer’s.


Married Unita Thelma Gillett, August 19, 1927.

Antone Ferreira Tavares

Julia Mahealani (Akana) Tavares

Unita Thelma Gillett