South Carolina Supreme Court Justices

Taylor Hudnall Stukes
           
Date Born: June 1, 1893

 Date Died: February 20, 1961

       
       
       
       
       
Place Born: Manning, SC

Place Buried: Manning Cemetery, Manning, SC

           
   

Chief Justice 1956 - 1961
Associate Justice 1940 - 1956
   

Taylor Hudnall Stukes was born on June 1, 1893 in Manning, SC, the son of Joseph Taylor Stukes and Cava Leila (Hudnall) Stukes. He attended Davidson College, Washington & Lee University (LL.B., cum laude, 1919), and Erskine College (LL.D., 1969). He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War I. After his return, he practiced law in Manning, SC.

In June of 1923, Taylor Hudnall Stukes married Georgie Elisa Sauls of Manning, SC, and they had two children.

In 1923, Taylor Hudnall Stukes was first elected as one of three men to represent Clarendon County in the SC House of Representatives of the:
- 75th General Assembly that met from 1923 to 1924
- 76th General Assembly that met from 1925 to 1926

In 1927, Taylor Hudnall Stukes was first elected to represent Clarendon County in the SC Senate of the:
- 77th General Assembly that met from 1927 to 1928
- 78th General Assembly that met from 1929 to 1930
- 79th General Assembly that met from 1931 to 1932
- 80th General Assembly that met from 1933 to 1934
- 81st General Assembly that met from 1935 to 1936 - elected President Pro Tempore on April 10, 1935
- 82nd General Assembly that met from 1937 to 1938 - President Pro Tempore
- 83rd General Assembly that met from 1939 to 1940 - President Pro Tempore

On February 29, 1940, Taylor Hudnall Stukes was elected as an Associate Justice of the SC Supreme Court, replacing Milledge Lipscomb Bonham, who had been elected as Chief Justice. He resigned from the SC Senate and as President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

In February of 1956, Taylor Hudnall Stukes was elected as Chief Justice of the SC Supreme Court, replacing Chief Justice David Gordon Baker, who had retired. He served as Chief Justice until his death.

On February 20, 1961, Taylor Hudnall Stukes died as a result of complications from heart surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He was buried in the Manning Cemetery in Manning, SC.


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