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Thomas Jamison MacBride, American former federal judge. Bar: California 1940.


MacBride, Thomas Jamison was born on March 25, 1914 in Sacramento. Son of Frank and Lotta Kirtley (Little) MacB.


Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Berkeley, 1936;Juris Doctor, University of California at Berkeley, 1940.


Born in Sacramento, California, MacBride received an A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1936 and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1940. He was a law clerk, Office of the Deputy State Attorney General of California from 1940 to 1942. He was a U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II, from 1942 to 1946.

He was in private practice in Sacramento, California from 1946 to 1961. MacBride was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. MacBride was nominated by President John F. Kennedy on September 14, 1961, to a new seat created by 75 Stat.

80. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 21, 1961, and received his commission on September 22, 1961. MacBride served in that capacity until September 18, 1966, due to assignment to another court. MacBride was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.

He was reassigned on September 18, 1966. Served as chief judge, 1967-1979. In 1975 he notably presided over the trial of Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme for the attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford, during the course of which President Ford was subpoenaed by the defense and testified on videotape.

He assumed senior status on March 25, 1979. MacBride served in that capacity until his death, in Sacramento, California.


  • Bar: California 1940.


President Town Hall, Sacramento, 1952, Northeast area Young Men’s Christian Association, 1960. Member California Legislature from Sacramento County, 1955-1960 member National Commission on Reform Federal Criminal Laws, 1967-1971. Board directors Sacramento Young Men’s Christian Association.

Trustee University California, San Francisco Foundation, 1982-1996. Board directors Sacramento Regional Foundation, 1988-1996. Founding director League to Save Lake Tahoe, 1965.

Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve., 1942-1946. Member American Bar Association, University California Alumni Association (vice president 1955, 60), Mason (33 degree, Shriner, Jester), Rotarian (president 1966-1967), Sutter Club, University (president 1951-1952), Comstock (president 1975-1976), Senator Outing (secretary-treasurer), Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Phi.


Married Martha Harrold, November 7, 1947. Children– Peter, Thomas Jamison, David, Laurie.

Frank MacB.

Lotta Kirtley (Little) MacB.

Martha Harrold

Peter MacBride

Thomas Jamison MacBride

David MacBride

Laurie MacBride