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Leon Thomas David, American judge, educator, former army officer. Bar: California 1926, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1932. Decorated Legion of Merit (United States), Honorary Officer Order British Empire, Medaille d'Honneur d'Or (France), Medalha do Guerra (Brazil), Commander Crown of Italy; recipient Reginald Heber Smith medal for distinguished legal aid service to indigent, 1962.


David, Leon Thomas was born on August 25, 1901 in San Francisco, California, United States. Son of Leon Kline and Ella Nancy (Thomas) David.


Bachelor of Arts, Stanford, 1924;Juris Doctor, Stanford, 1926;Master of Science in Public Administration, University of Southern California, 1935;Doctor Public Administration, University of Southern California, 1957.


City editor, Vallejo (California) Times, 1920-1921;free-lance journalist, 1921-1926;private practice lawmember, Malcolm & David, Palo Alto, California, 1926-1931;deputy and acting city attorney, Palo Alto, 1926-1931;member of faculty, School Law, University of Southern California, 1931-1934;member of faculty, School Public Administrn., 1934-1941, 1947-1967;senior assistant city attorney, Los Angeles, 1934-1941, 46-50;special counsel, Los Angeles Harbor Commission, 1939-1941;judge, Municipal Court, Los Angeles Judicial District, 1950-1953;judge, Superior Court, 1953-1967;with appellate department, Superior Court, 1958-1960;retired, Superior Court, 1967. Associate justice pro tem California Court Appeal, 1969-1973.


  • Bar: California 1926, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1932.



Member California Governor's Advisory Committee Law Enforcement, 1959-1967. Chairman legal aid committee State Bar California intermittently to 1950, chairman state bar committee history of law, 1975-1978. Founder, past president Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation.

Member World Affairs Council, San Francisco, since 1987. Member Governor Alameda County Colony Mayflower Descendents, 1989-1990. Served from Second lieutenant to major Field Artillery-O.R.C., 1924-1942.

From lieutenant colonel to colonel, Army of the United States, 1942-1961. Commandant United States Army School for Special Pers. Superior vena cava syndrome, 1942-1943, chief Special Superior vena cava syndrome, N. Africa and Mediterranean theaters of operation, 1943-1945.

Colonel Army of the United States (retired), 1961. Elder, member laws and regulations committee Presbyterian Church, member social education and action committee Los Angeles Presbytery, 1965-1969). Member Los Angeles Bar Association, Contra Costa County Bar Association, American Legion (past commander), California Judges Association (life), Stanford, University of California, University of Southern California Alumni associations, California History Society, 9th Judicial Circuit History Society, Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club, Society Mayflower Descendants, Mason (K.T., 32ddegree, Shriner), DeMolay Legion of Honor (life), Commonwealth Club, Kiwanis (president Palo Alto 1931, Los Angeles 1962, lieutenant governor Division 1 California-Nevada-Hawaii district 1967, international relations committee 1957-1958), Order of Coif (life), Phi Alpha Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Sigma Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota.


Married Henrietta Louise Mellin, May 22, 1927. Children: Carolyn L. Eskra, Leon Colby.

Leon Kline David

Ella Nancy (Thomas) David

Henrietta Louise Mellin

Carolyn L. Eskra David

Leon Colby David