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Joe W. Henry

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Joseph Ward Henry[1] (September 20, 1916 – June 9, 1980)[2] was a justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court from 1974 to 1980.

Born in Lynneville, Giles County, Tennessee.[3]

elected to Tennessee Supreme Court August 1, 1974, took his seat September 1, 1974; chief justice, 1979; served until his death; attended Middle Tennessee State University; LL.B., Cumberland University, 1938; admitted to Tennessee Bar, March 1940; began practice of law in Pulaski, January 1, 1941; entered the U.S. Army, October 11, 1941; graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School, served in Mediterranean Theater of Operations; discharged as a major February 1946; representative in Tennessee General Assembly, 1948 to 1950; served as adjutant general of Tennessee January 1953 to January 1959.[3]

Henry died while jogging at the age of 63.[2]


  1. Who's Who in American Law (2nd ed.). Marquis Who's Who. 1979. p. 397. Search this book on
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Justice Joe Henry of state high court dies while jogging, Johnson City Press (June 9, 1980), p. 1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society. "Justices".
Political offices
Preceded by
Court substantially renewed
Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court
Succeeded by
George H. Brown Jr.

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