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Our History: Featured Alumni/ae: Spratley, C. Vernon, 1906

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Claude Vernon Spratley

Judge, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Claude Vernon Spratley was born in Surry County, Virginia in 1882. He attended the College of William and Mary, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1901, and the University of Virginia School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 1906. Afterward, he was admitted to the bar and began practice in Hampton, Virginia. From 1912 to 1923, he was city attorney for Hampton and was town attorney for Phoebus, Virginia, from 1910 to 1923. In 1923, he was elected judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit and served there until being elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals in 1936. Justice Spratley remained on this court until he retired on September 30, 1967. He died in 1976.

C. Vernon Spratley Oral History at William & Mary Digital Archives

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