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Lacy Herman Thornburg Edit Profile

Lacy Herman Thornburg was American federal judge. Bar: United States District Court (western district) North Carolina. Chairman Jackson County Board Health, Sylva, 1965-1984; commissioner Tryon Palace, New Bern, North Carolina Served with United States Army, 1947-1948. Member Lions, Masons, Shriners.

Background

Thornburg, Lacy Herman was born on December 20, 1929 in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. Son of Jesse Lafayette and Sarah Ann (Ziegler) Thornburg.

Education

Associate of Arts, Mars Hill College, 1950. Bachelor, University North Carolina, 1951. Juris Doctor, University North Carolina, 1954.

Career

He then earned a law degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He practiced law in Webster, North Carolina from 1954 to 1967, and was meanwhile elected to three terms (1961–66) in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He was then appointed and later elected as a state superior court judge, serving from 1967 until 1983.

In 1992, he unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat for governor of North Carolina. In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed Thornburg a United States District Court judge for the state's western district, based in Asheville, North Carolina. He retired on August 31, 2009.

He is the father of Alan Z. Thornburg and Lacy E. Thornburg, a Harvard-educated orthopaedic surgeon practicing in the Asheville area. A stretch of U.S. Highway 23 in North Carolina is named for Thornburg.

Membership

Chairman Jackson County Board of Health, Sylva, 1965-1984. Commissioner Tryon Palace, New Bern, North Carolina Served with United States Army, 1947-1948. Member Lions, Masons, Shriners.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Fly fishing, skeet shooting.

Connections

Married Dorothy Todd, September 6, 1953. Children: Sara Thornburg Evans, Lacy Eugene, Jesse Todd, Alan Ziegler.