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William L. Paulson

Justice of the Supreme Court

Valley City, North Dakota

Born September 3, 1913, at Valley City, North Dakota, son of Alfred P. and Inga G. Paulson. Graduate of Valley City High School, 1931; B.A., Valley City State College, 1935; L.L.B., University of North Dakota, 1937, and J.D. Practiced in Valley City, 1937-1966; Barnes County State's Attorney, 1941-1950 and 1959-1966. Elected to 10-year term as Associate Justice of Supreme Court, 1966. Reelected 1976. Resigned September 5, 1983. Surrogate Judge, 1983-2000. Member, Judicature Society; president, State's Attorney Association, 1964; director, National District Attorneys Association, 1963-65. Chancellor of Episcopal Church of North Dakota, 1965; District Vice-President, U.S. Jaycees, 1945-46; past director, Valley City Chamber of Commerce; UND Sioux Award recipient, 1973. Judge on National Awards Jury of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1969, 1971, 1977; Judge, American Legion Oratorical Contest, 1970-72. Member, Elks; past chancellor, Knights of Pythias; Eagles; Masonic Orders; Shrine. Married Jane E. (Betty) Graves in 1938. Two children: John T. and Mary (Mrs. Mikal) Simonson. Died June 16, 2000.