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Emory H. Niles (1892-1976)
MSA SC 3520-13505
Chief Judge, Supreme Bench of Baltimore County


Born: October 15, 1892 in Baltimore, Maryland; Parents Judge Alfred S. Niles, and Mary Waters Niles Married: Anne Whitridge Williams, November 4, 1922; Children:(3) Emory H. Niles,Jr., Mrs. Harry C. Primrose, III and Mrs. Hugh Shepley. Died 1976

Baltimore Public Schools, graduated from Polytechnic Institute, 1909; The Johns Hopkins University, 1913; won a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University and graduted with degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Laws, 1913-1916; University of Maryland School of Law,

Served in the United States Army during World War I, and rose to the rank of captain of artillery in the 80th Division in France; Worked in his father's law firm Niles , Wolff, Barton & Morrow, 1920-1938; Nominated by the Democratic State Central Committee and elected Associate Judge, Supreme Bench of Baltimore City, 1938-1954; Appointed by Governor Theodore R. McKeldin as Chief Judge, Supreme Bench of Baltimore City, 1955-1963. Co-founder and editor with Arnold Knauth of American Maritime Cases in 1928; Hired the first African-American law clerk, Christopher H. Foreman to work for a judge on the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City in May 1956. Retired in 1962 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. Served on the Board of Trustees of Goucher College,(1934-), the Peabody Institute (1944-1946) and the Walters Art Gallery.

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