13 S. C. L. Q. 479 (1960-1961)
Memorials

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CHIEF JUSTICE TAYLOR HUDNALL STUKES
By JOHN G. DINKiNS
Chief Justice Taylor Hudnall Stukes died in the Medical College Hos-
pital at Charleston following a heart operation on February 20, 1961.
He was born June 1, 1893, at Manning, a son of the late Joseph Taylor
and Cava Hudnall Stukes. He attended Davidson College and was a Phi
Beta Kappa graduate of Washington and Lee University in 1915 and a
cum laude law graduate of George Washington University in 1919. He
received a Doctor of Laws degree from Erskine College in 1959.
In June, 1923, he married Georgie Sauls, also of Manning. To this
happy union were born two children, a daughter, Frances Cava Stukes,
now Mrs. Stephen Skardon, of New Orleans, La.; and a son, Joseph Taylor
Stukes, of Columbia, South Carolina.
Soon after the completion of his service overseas in World War I, he
began the practice of law at Manning and continued in active practice
until his election as an Associate Justice of our State Supreme Court.
Early in his career as a practicing attorney it was evident to his brother
lawyers that he possessed in a high degree those qualities essential to a
good, sound, successful lawyer. He was a thorough and a preserving stu-
dent of the law and displayed an unusual facility for clear logical expres-
sion which came with ease and naturalness from a very fine and incisive
mind. His personal integrity and his strict concept of the lawyer's ethical
and moral obligation to his client and to the public inspired confidence
and trust in all with whom he came in contact. As he grew older in the
profession he developed a very keen interest in younger lawyers and
nothing gave him more pleasure than to speak a word of encouragement
or praise, or to lend a helping hand to a youngster of the Bar.
Chief Justice Stukes believed that the success of our democratic govern-
ment was dependent upon each sovereign citizen actively participating.
For example, he was always careful and methodical about qualifying to
vote, and always voting in municipal, county and state primaries, and
general elections. In 1933, he became Chairman of the State Democratic
Executive Committee. He further displayed this interest by becoming a
candidate for the state legislature in 1922, becoming a member of the
House of Representatives in 1923, and remaining there until he was elected
to the Senate in 1927. He was thorough in his work as a member of the
House and Senate and became an outstanding leader in both, being Speaker
pro tempore of the House of Representatives and President pro tempore
of the Senate.
He was elected Associate Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court
on February 29, 1940, and continued to serve in this capacity until his
unanimous election by the General Assembly to the high office of Chief
Justice of our Supreme Court in 1956.
A careful and thoughtful study of our Supreme Court decisions written
by him not only impresses the reader with his great intellectual powers,

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