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Joseph R. Byrnes (1900-1971)
MSA SC 3520-1616
Senate, 1943-50, BC


Born May 9, 1900, in Baltimore, Maryland. Son of Joseph James and Loretta A. (McGuigan) Byrnes. Attended Charles County and Baltimore City public schools; Loyola College; Johns Hopkins University; University of Baltimore School of Law, June 1931. Admitted to Maryland Bar, April 1932. Catholic. Married Anne Sullivan, June 27, 1935. Six Children: Mrs. Thomas C. Martel; Judge John Carroll Byrnes; Judge J. Norris Byrnes; Daivd Byrnes; Patricia Byrnes; Mary Margaret Byrnes. Died April 11, 1971.

Clerk, Baltimore City Superior Court. Deputy Clerk, Supreme Bench of Baltimore City. Senator, Maryland state senate, 1943-1950; president, 1947-1950. Chairman, Judicial Proceedings Committee. Associate Judge, Supreme Bench of Baltimore, 1950-1968. Chairman, Selective Service Advisory Board, during World War II. Member, Maryland Commission on Juvenile Delinquency, 1941. Member, Baltimore City Charter Advisory Committee; Commission to revise the Lunacy Laws of the State; State Planning Commission; Commission on Juvenile Delinquency; Commission on Judical Administration. Praticed law with the firm of Tydings, Sauerwein, Levy and Archer. Established Byrnes and Gordon law firm in 1946 with David P. Gordon. Member, Maryland State Bar Association; Baltimore City Bar Association; American Bar Association.  Chairman, American Bar Association Membership Committee for Maryland. Member, Board of Directors, Bon Secours Hospital; Loyola College; Seton Institute; House of Good Shepherd; Merchants' Club. Member, Knights of Columbus. Appointed a Knight of St. Gregory by Pope John XXIII. Awarded the University of Baltimore Alumni Citation for "Outstanding Achievement and Service in the field of Law which reflect honor upon this University," June 1956. Awarded a plaque by the Hibernian Society of Baltimore "In Recognition and Meritorious Endeavor In Maryland," March 1958.

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