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Seybourn Harris Lynne, American federal judge. Bar: Alabama 1930. Decorated Bronze Star; named to Alabama Academy Honor, 1978. Lieutenant colonel, Judge Advocate General corpus, United States army, 1942-1946. Member Alabama Bar Association (Award of Merit 1989), American Bar Association, Blue Key, Scabbard and Blade, Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Phi Epsilon.

Background

Lynne, Seybourn Harris was born on July 25, 1907 in Decatur, Alabama, United States. Son of Seybourn Arthur and Annie Leigh (Harris) Lynne.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1927. Bachelor of Laws, University Alabama, 1930. Doctor of Laws, University Alabama, 1973.

Career

Born in Decatur, Alabama, Lynne received a B.S. from Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1927 and an LL.B. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1930. He was in private practice in Decatur from 1930 to 1934. Lynne was a county judge for Morgan County Court in Decatur from 1934 to 1941, and a judge on the Eight Judicial Circuit of Alabama from 1941 to 1942.

He was in the United States Army, JAG Corps during World War II, from 1942 to 1946. On December 14, 1945, Lynne was nominated by President Harry S. Truman to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama vacated by Thomas A. Murphree. Lynne was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 20, 1945, and received his commission on January 3, 1946.

He served as chief judge from 1953 to 1973, assuming senior status on January 9, 1973, and serving in that capacity until his death, in 2000, in Birmingham, Alabama. During his time on the bench, he judged in many important civil rights cases, including the case allowing Vivian Malone Jones and James Hood to enter the University of Alabama, ending desegregation at that institution.

Achievements

  • Bar: Alabama 1930.

Politics

Baptists should be faithful ambassadors of reconciliation in their personal relationships and local communities as they demonstrate the power of the Gospel to reconcile all persons in Christ.

Views

Christians should take seriously their calling as salt and light.

Membership

Lieutenant colonel, Judge Advocate General corpus, United States army, 1942-1946. Member Alabama Bar Association (Award of Merit 1989), American Bar Association, Blue Key, Scabbard and Blade, Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Phi Epsilon. Clubs: Kiwanian (district governor Alabama district 1938), University of Alabama A.

Connections

Son of Seybourn Arthur and Annie Leigh (Harris) L. M. Katherine Donaldson Brandau, June 16, 1937 (deceased March 1997). 1 daughter, Katherine Roberta (deceased November 1988).

father:
Seybourn Arthur Lynne

mother:
Annie Leigh (Harris) Lynne

spouse:
Katherine Donaldson Brandau