South Carolina Supreme Court Justices

Thomas Patrick Bussey
           
Date Born: May 7, 1905

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 Date Died: July 26, 1981

       
       
       
       
       
Place Born: Parksville, SC

Place Buried: Biggin Church Cemetery in Moncks Corner, SC

           
   

Associate Justice 1961 - 1975
   

Thomas Patrick Bussey was born on May 7, 1905 in the small town of Parksville in Edgefield County (part of which became McCormick County in 1916), SC, the son of John Morgan Bussey and Lillie (Connor) Bussey. He attended The Citadel, then graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1927. He then moved to Charleston, SC, also in 1927.

In 1931, Thomas Patrick Bussey married Louise McKelvey Florence.

Thomas Patrick Bussey was Recorder for the Charleston Police Court.

In 1936, Thomas Patrick Bussey was first elected as one of seven men to represent Charleston County in the SC House of Representatives of the:
- 82nd General Assembly that met from 1937 to 1938
- 83rd General Assembly that met from 1939 to 1940

In 1956, Thomas Patrick Bussey was again elected as one of ten men to represent Charleston County in the SC House of Representatives of the:
- 92nd General Assembly that met from 1957 to 1958

On January 15, 1958, Thomas Patrick Bussey was elected as a Judge of the 9th Judicial District, and he resigned from the House of Representatives on March 8, 1958.

In February of 1961, Thomas Patrick Bussey was elected as an Associate Justice on the SC Supreme Court, replacing Lionel Kennedy Legge, who was soon to retire; he took the oath of office on December 11, 1961. Bussey continued as an Associate Justice on the SC Supreme Court until he retired on September 30, 1975 due to reaching the mandatory retirement age.

Thomas Patrick Bussey was an active Mason, serving as Master, Secretary and Marshall. He was honored in 1970 with the Albert Gallation Mackey Medal, the highest Masonic honor.

On July 26, 1981, Thomas Patrick Bussey died, and he was buried in the Biggin Church Cemetery in Moncks Corner, SC.



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