Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

William C. Walsh (1890-1975)
MSA SC 3520-1519

Biography:

Born William Concannon Walsh in Cumberland, Allegany County, April 2, 1890.  Son of William Edward Walsh and wife, Mary C. Concannon.  Grandson of William Walsh.  Roman Catholic.  Attended Saint Patrick's School in Cumberland; Mount St. Mary's, B.A., 1910; Catholic University School of Law, LL.B., 1913.  Admitted to Maryland bar, 1912.  Married Sarah Elizabeth Nee; two children.  Died in Cumberland, Allegany County, June 17, 1975.  Buried in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Cumberland. 

Practiced law in Cumberland, and served as City Attorney. Member of the First Maryland Infantry in 1916, and served in the campaign in Mexico against Poncho Villa. He served in France during World War I. Appointed as an associate justice of the Fourth Judicial Circuit in September 1921. At only 31 years of age at the time, he was believed to be the youngest judge to ever sit on a circuit bench in the state. He then lost the seat in the November 1921 election. He became chief judge in October 1924 and served until 1926, when he lost in the election that year. State Insurance Commissioner, 1931-35. Attorney General, 1938-1945. Resigned as Attorney General to focus on private practice. Six time delegate to the Democratic National Convention. President, Maryland State Bar Association, 1948-49. Member, University of Maryland Board of Regents.

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