Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Wilson K. Barnes (1907-1997)
MSA SC 3520-14432
Judge, Baltimore City Supreme Bench, 1963-1964


Born Pocomoke City, Worchester County, Maryland, 1907. Attended local public schools. Received B.A. Western Maryland College, 1928. Studied law at Harvard University and University of Maryland. Received LL.B., University of Maryland, 1931. Married, Elizabeth Chestnut (d. 1982), daughter of Federal Judge W. Calvin Chestnut, 1938; two children, William C. C. Barnes and Wilson K. Barnes Jr. Died August 19, 1997.

Began legal career as clerk to Judge Chestnut. Entered private practice, 1933. Assistant Baltimore City Solicitor, 1940. Deputy City Solicitor, 1942-1943. Partner, Anderson, Barnes, Coe & King, 1943-1963. Member of State Board of Law Examiners, 1943-1963. Served on Supreme Bench of Baltimore City, 1963. Appointed to Maryland Court of Appeals, 1964. Resigned to protest the appointment of Governor Mandel's close aide to the Court of Appeals, 1974. Defeated in Democratic primary election for governor by Mandel, 1974. Returned to private practice with Little, Hall & Steinman. Retired, 1982.

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