Archives of Maryland
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Nicholas Charles Burke (1854-1924)
MSA SC 3520-14465
Judge, Court of Appeals, 1905-1920
President, Maryland State Bar Association, 1914-1915


Born, Baltimore County, Maryland, 1854.  Graduated, St. Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Read law with Robert R. Boarman, Towson, Maryland.  Admitted to the bar, March, 1875.  Married, Colie Ady Burke; son, Edward H. Burke.  Died, December 8, 1923.

Elected State's Attorney, Baltimore County, 1883, 1887.  Appointed Associate Judge, Third Judicial Circuit, August, 1889.  Elevated to Chief Judge, Third Judicial Circuit, October, 1905; at the time this also made him a member of the Court of Appeals.  Served until term expired, 1920.  Entered into partnership with his son, Edward H. Bruke, 1920.  Named to head a commission to reorganize the state government by Gov. Albert C. Ritchie.  President, Maryland State Bar Association, 1914-1915.

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