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judge , politician , member of the Tennessee House of Representatives

Harry Phillips, American Judge. Bar: Tennessee bar 1933. Recipient award of merit Bar Association Tennessee, 1960. Served to Lieutenant commander of The United States Navy 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.


Phillips, Harry was born on July 28, 1909 in Watertown, Tennessee, United States. Son of Norman Cates and Bernice (Neal) Phillips.


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.


  • He was in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1943 to 1946, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Phillips' Family History, 1935, Phillips' Prichard on Wills and Administration of Estates, 1955, co-author, review edition, 1983, History of Wilson County, Tennessee, 1962, History of the Sixth Circuit, 1976.


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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).

Norman Cates Phillips

Bernice (Neal) Phillips

Virginia Major

Harriet Phillips (Mistress Robert E. Scott)

Rachel (Mistress Sidney S. Eagles Phillips

Junior) Phillips

Caroline Phillips (Mistress Robert M. Ligon)

Martha Phillips (Mistress James M. Robinson)