Thomas P. Corbett

Thomas Patrick Corbett (September 15, 1914  May 10, 1995) was an American lawyer, politician, and judge. He was a Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge for ten years in Racine County. He also served one term in the Wisconsin State Assembly.

American lawyer, politician, and Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge, also served in the Wisconsin State Assembly.
The Honorable
Thomas P. Corbett
Wisconsin Circuit Court Judgefor the Racine Circuit, Branch 2
In office
August 1, 1978  July 31, 1979
Preceded by Transitioned from 21st Circ.
Succeeded by Stephen A. Simanek
Wisconsin Circuit Court Judgefor the 21st Circuit, Branch 2
In office
July 1969  July 31, 1978
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Transitioned to Racine Circ.
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the Racine 1st district
In office
January 6, 1941  January 4, 1943
Preceded by John L. Sieb
Succeeded by Carl C. Christensen
Personal details
Thomas Patrick Corbett

(1914-09-13)September 13, 1914
Marinette, Wisconsin

Died May 10, 1995(1995-05-10) (aged 80)
King, Wisconsin
Resting place Calvary Catholic Cemetery
Racine, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
  • Lucille K. Tarro
  • (m. 1942; died 1996)
Children 2
Profession Lawyer, judge
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Navy
Years of service 19431945
Rank Lieutenant
Battles/wars World War II

. . . Thomas P. Corbett . . .

Born in Marinette, Wisconsin, Corbett and his family moved to Racine, Wisconsin, in 1918.[1] Corbett graduated from St. Catherine’s High School and then received his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and his law degree from Marquette University Law School. He briefly practiced law, but was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in his first year out of law school, representing the city of Racine, Wisconsin, as a Republican.[1] He served in the legislature for two years, then, in 1943, enlisted with the United States Navy for service in World War II.[2]

He returned from the war in 1945 and resumed his law practice. In 1949, the Racine city council appointed him City Attorney, where he remained for the next thirteen years. In 1961, he was elected to one of the newly created branches of the Racine County court and was instrumental in establishing the court in Burlington, Wisconsin, in the far western part of the county. He served there until his election as a judge of the Racine-based 21st circuit in 1969. His service bridged the 1978 reorganization of Wisconsin trial courts, which saw the circuit and county courts merged, and finished his judicial service in 1979 as a judge of the Racine circuit.[2]

After his retirement, Corbett served as a reserve judge in Racine and Waushara counties.[2]

Corbett died at the Veteran’s Home in King, Wisconsin.[2]

Corbett married Lucille K. “Terry” Tarro in 1942. They had two children.

Wisconsin Assembly, Racine 1st District Election, 1940[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Primary Election, September 1940
Republican Thomas P. Corbett 2,681 46.96%
Democratic Adolphe L. Pezanoski 1,747 30.60%
Progressive John L. Sieb (incumbent) 1,281 22.44%
Total votes 5,709′ 100.0%’
General Election, November 1940
Republican Thomas P. Corbett 5,314 43.27%
Progressive John L. Sieb (incumbent) 4,102 33.40%
Democratic Adolphe L. Pezanoski 2,864 23.32%
Total votes 12,280′ 100.0%’
Republicangain from Progressive

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