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Justice Thomas Franklin West

Thomas Franklin West (Santa Rosa)  [served 8 years, 3 months]
Served September 1, 1917 – December 3, 1925 as Justice
Served February 28, 1923 – December 3, 1925 as Chief Justice [appointed at age 42]
b. Milton, Florida, November 23, 1874     d. February 23, 1931, Pensacola, Florida
County Judge:  No.          Circuit Judge:  Yes.        

Born in Florida’s Panhandle region, Thomas West graduated law school at Washington and Lee College, in Virginia, in 1899.  He passed the Florida Bar in 1900 and began practice in his home town of Milton.  He was elected to both the Florida House and Senate between 1903 and 1912.  In that year he ran successfully for attorney general where he remained until his appointment to the Florida Supreme Court in 1917.  He served on the court until 1925, when he resigned to return to his beloved home town, where he was appointed to the First Judicial Circuit Court.  West served in that office until his death.

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