Attorney, jurist. Born– Aug. 25, 1906 in Prattville, Ala. Parents– Columbus Eugene and Augusta (Pratt) Thomas. Married– Dorothy Manning Quiana, Sept. 26, 1936 (died 1977). Married– Catherine J. Miller, Oct. 25, 1979.  Two children. Education– University of Alabama, LL.B., 1928; admitted to Alabama bar 1928. Served as a officer in the U.S. Navy, 1943-46. Practiced law in Mobile, 1929-1951; assistant solicitor of Mobile Co., 1932-1939; acting solicitor, 1943. Appointed Judge in the U.S.District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 1951-66; chief judge; 1966-1971; senior status, 1971-2000. Served in various offices in Mobile Area Council, Boy Scouts of America; trustee of Alabama State Dept. of Archives and History. Member– American Bar Association, Phi Delta Theta, and Phi Delta Phi. Died April 13, 2000.


Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, online.

Obituary, New York Times, April 18, 2000.

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Guide to the Diplomatic Archives of Western Europe. Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania Press, 1959.


Judge Thomas’ case files and chambers papers are held at the Bounds Law Library at the University of Alabama. A collection including thirteen personal scrapbooks and a tribute book is held in the McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of South Alabama.