Harry Phillips Edit Profile
AB, Cumberland University, 1932. Bachelor of Laws, Cumberland University, 1933. Doctor of Laws, Cumberland University, 1951.
Born in Watertown, Tennessee, Phillips received an A.B. from Cumberland University in 1932 and an LL.B. from Cumberland University School of Law in 1933. He was again an assistant state attorney general of Tennessee from 1946 to 1950, thereafter returning to private practice in Nashville, Tennessee from 1950 to 1963. On June 4, 1963, Phillips was nominated by President John F. Kennedy to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit vacated by John Donelson Martin, Sr.
Phillips was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 28, 1963, and received his commission on July 3, 1963. He served as chief judge from 1969 to 1979, assuming senior status on January 15, 1979 and serving in that capacity until his death.
The separation of church and state has guaranteed the diversity of religious expressions and the freedom to worship God according to each person’s conscience. However, separation of church and state permit interaction.
Served to lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946. Fellow American Bar Foundation (honorary). Member American Bar Association (standing committee federal judicial improvements from 1978), S.A.R., Order of Coif (honorary), Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Clubs: Cumberland (Nashville), University (Cincinnati).
Married Virginia Major, November 26, 1936. Children: Harriet (Mistress Robert E. Scott), Rachel (Mistress Sidney S. Eagles, Junior), Caroline (Mistress Robert M. Ligon), Martha (Mistress James M. Robinson).
1933 - 1937
1937 - 1943
1950 - 1963
1953 - 1963
1969 - 1979