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The Honorable Thomas Addis Emmett Weadock
Class of: 1873

Source: Portrait from the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society website


Thomas A.E. Weadock served as a Michigan Supreme Court justice from 1933 through 1933.
Thomas A.E. Weadock was born in Ballygarrett, Ireland, on January 1, 1850, and with his parents came to the United States in his youth. Most of his life was spent in Michigan. He entered the University of Michigan Law School in 1871, and received his instruction from Thomas M. Cooley and James V. Campbell.
Admitted to the Bar in Detroit on April 8, 1873, Weadock was eminent in the legal profession for 65 years, establishing offices in Bay City at a time when the busy Saginaw Valley echoed with the roar of a hundred saw mills. His valuable counsel was eagerly sought by many of the great lumber barons. He moved to Detroit in 1895 and continued in general practice until his death, with the exception of a few months in 1933, when Governor William A. Comstock appointed him to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Weadock held a number of public service positions. In 1883, he served Bay City as Mayor. Later he served his county as Prosecuting Attorney, and his state as one of the Justices of the Michigan Supreme Court. In addition to this, he served in the United States House of Representatives.
Disposed by his nature and intellectual inclination to the study of literature and history, he spent much of his leisure time in reading and research. He loved to study the life of Emperor Napoleon I, and his library on that subject was one of the most complete and unique in the entire world. His interest was widely known and the Government of France conferred upon him the decoration of the Legion of Honor, "in token of that country's gratitude for a great and voluntary service." He was an ardent admirer of Andrew Jackson and his library contained many volumes relating to that great popular and political hero.
He also found time to write three biographical books entitled, Pere Marquette, the Missionary Explorer, A Catholic Priest in Congress, Father Richard, and, The Public Service of Sanford M. Green.
Thomas A.E. Weadock died in Detroit on November 18, 1938. (Michigan Supreme Court. Michigan Reports: Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of Michigan. Chicago: Callaghan and Co., 1879--1948, Vol. 295.)
Thomas Addis Emmet Weadock, [18]73l, 88 years of age, Detroit lawyer, said to have been the oldest member of the American Bar, died in Detroit on November 18, 1938. In 1933 Governor Comstock appointed him Justice of the State Supreme Court. He then was 84 years old. Judge Weadock had held many public offices. Early in his career he was Prosecutor at Bay City, then his home, and later Mayor. He served two terms as Congressman—in 1890 and again in 1892—and in 1930 was a candidate for United States Senator. Also an historian and author, he was President of the Michigan Historical Society and he wrote Pere Marquette, the Missionary Explorer; A Catholic Priest in Congress—Father Richard; and Public Service of Sanford M. Green. In 1934 he was decorated with the French Legion of Honor for his interest in Napoleon. Judge Weadock was born in Ireland and was an ardent Catholic and Democrat, performing many services for his Church and political party. He taught as Professor of Law at both Detroit University and the Detroit College of Law.
--From The Michigan Alumnus, Vol. 45, January 21, 1939, p.205.

Thomas Addis Emmet Weadock, [18]73l, was complimented by Governor Comstock of Michigan, the head of the Democratic Party which he had served so long and effectively, when he was named recently to a seat on the Supreme Bench of the state, to hold office until the seating of the new Justices named at the last election.  His long and distinguished career before the bar made this act of the Governor’s a perfectly logical one when one of the incumbent Justices resigned.  Justice Weadock’s legal career began immediately upon graduation.  He was Prosecuting Attorney of Bay County for a year, and from 1883 to 1885 was Mayor of Bay City.  He represented his district in Congress for two terms, 1891-1895, following which he took up law practice in Detroit.  He has been Professor of Law at both Detroit University and Detroit College of Law.  Twice he stood for election to the Michigan Supreme Court on the Democratic ticket and in 1930 was candidate for United States Senator.  Born New Year’s Day in 1850 in Ireland, he came to this country that same year.
-- From The Michigan Alumnus, Vol. 40, October 28, 1933, p. 72.
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