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Robert Reynold Merhige, Jr
Birth: Feb. 5, 1919
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 18, 2005
Richmond City
Virginia, USA

United States District Court Judge, he is mostly known for his rulings on desegregation. After receiving his law degree, he served in the Army Air Forces in World War II. In 1967 he was appointed as a Federal Judge by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Judge Merhige ordered dozens of school systems to desegregate. His rulings were so unpopular that for a time he required around the clock protection. He also ruled that the Vietnam conflict was a war whether it had been declared or not. He wrote the decision to throw out the appeals of three Watergate figures after they were convicted of breaking into an office. He ordered the University of Virginia to admit women. He upheld the rights of pregnant women to keep their jobs. He presided over the trials of Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party members accused of killing members of the Communist Workers Party. He was a Federal Judge for 31 years and had many cases of national importance including pollution trials against chemical companies and bankruptcy reorganization plans for the medical company in the Dalkon Shield case. Judge Merhige retired in 1998 and joined a private law firm. (bio by: George Seitz) 
 
Burial:
Hollywood Cemetery
Richmond
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
Plot: Palmer Chapel
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Oct 29, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16365493
Robert Reynold Merhige, Jr
Added by: George Seitz
 
Robert Reynold Merhige, Jr
Added by: George Seitz
 
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Though he was exalted to the federal court by LBJ---he and LBJ will stand before God with all of us for the final judgement. No man or woman (no matter how all knowing and exalted while here on earth) is above God and HIS laws.
- Tim Oliver
 Added: Dec. 28, 2013
Sorry I, also Millions do not concur with this man. Read what the General in Lowell , Massachusetts has on his Tomb Stone.
- A AAA American at Find A Grave
 Added: May. 3, 2013
Faithful to your oath; adherence to controlling authority and patience on the bench..Your trial experience as an attorney made you aware that preparation by counsel was required by all who appeared before you in every appearance. All rise...
- Matt
 Added: Feb. 15, 2013
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