Biographical Information

Thomas Turner Fauntleroy was born in Winchester, Virginia on December 20, 1823 and was a Virginia attorney, politician, and judge of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

He was the second son of Colonel Thomas Turner and Ann Magdalene Magill Fauntleroy. He was educated at Benjamin Hallowell High School in Alexandria and the University of Virginia, where he graduated with the law class of 1844. In 1847, he began private practice in Winchester and in 1850 was elected Commonwealth's Attorney in Frederick County. He served in the legislature from 1857 to 1859 and again in 1877.

His health was not good after the Civil War, but he resumed practicing law. In 1879 he became the Secretary of the Commonwealth and, in 1883, was elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals for a twelve-year term. He wrote the court's opinions in number of high-profile cases.

After his term ended, Fauntleroy moved first to St. Paul, Minnesota, and then to St. Louis, Missouri, where he died. He is buried in Winchester, Virginia.


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