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Judge Samuel McDowell Tate, born in 1923 and raised Morganton, N.C., went to college at Davidson and law school at UNC School of Law. He practiced law beginning in 1953 in Charlotte. Later he served as district court judge in North Carolina for twelve years and was then appointed as an emergency trial judge by the governor. In this interview he speaks about being captured by the Germans in World War II during his service in the U.S. Army, his interest in family law, the dynamics of juvenile court, and his approach to judgeship.

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