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Wallace, Theodore "Ted" Calvin, Jr.

(born: 1941  -  died: 2006) Judge Theodore C. Wallace, Jr. was born in Kimball, WV and grew up in Lexington, KY. He was the son of Theodore "Cal" Sr. and Bonnie Goddard Wallace.

Judge Wallace, known as Ted, left Kentucky and eventually settled in Detroit, MI in 1973, where he served as judge of the 36th District Court for seven years.

Wallace became a member of the Michigan House of Representatives in 1988 when he won a special election to fill the last two months of Representative Virgil Smith's term. Rep. Wallace was then elected to the House of Representatives, where he served for ten years. He was also a member of the Michigan Law Revision Commission beginning in 1993 and had a law practice for 17 years.

Wallace earned his undergraduate degree from Wright State University and his law degree the University of Michigan Law School.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served in Vietnam and later was active in the Michigan National Guard.

For more see E. Lacy, "Confident, easy going judge was a joker, but took care of business," The Detroit News, 1/24/2006; and W. R. Knox, "Michigan House of Representatives: new members," Public Sector Reports, 1/27/1989, pp. 1-2.

For more about the Wallace Family in Lexington, KY, listen to the oral history recording by Thomas C. Wallace, Judge Wallace's brother. The recording is available within the Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project at the University of Kentucky, Special Collections Research Center, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. The Nunn Center also contains oral history recordings of Theodore "Cal" Wallace, Sr. and Edgar Wallace.

See also the NKAA entries for Thomas C. Wallace and Leula Wallace Hall.

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NKAA Source: Detroit news (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Public sector reports (serial)
NKAA Source: Wallace, Thomas C. (oral history interview)

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