Darrell Castle (born 1948) is an American political figure, activist and attorney from Memphis, Tennessee, and was the vice presidential candidate of the Constitution Party in the 2008 United States presidential election.
Early life and education
Castle grew up in northeastern Tennessee in a small town near Kingsport. He attended Ketron High School and East Tennessee State University, graduating from each in 1966 and 1970, respectively. At ETSU, he earned a B.S., double-majoring in political science and history.
Castle was then commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, serving for four years and attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. He cites his military service as fostering his belief that war should not be entered into capriciously nor without congressional approval. After his discharge, he returned to ETSU and began his graduate study of history. He then attended the law school at University of Memphis, then known as Memphis State University, and earned his Juris Doctor in 1979.
Upon receiving his J.D. in Memphis, Castle became an attorney. In 1984, he opened a private firm which later grew into Darrell Castle and Associates. Since then, Castle has opened firms in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan; and Kansas City, Missouri. His firms focus on consumer bankruptcy and personal injury, but also represent clients in the areas of social security/disability and workers' compensation.
At the 2008 Constitution Party National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, Baptist pastor Chuck Baldwin defeated former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Alan Keyes to win the party's nomination. The Party then nominated Castle to the ticket as its vice presidential candidate. Baldwin had himself been the Constitution Party nominee for Vice President in 2004.
At the 2012 Constitution Party National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Castle declared his candidacy for the party's presidential nomination one day prior to the nomination vote, citing requests from several delegates that he seek the nomination. He finished as runner-up to former U.S. Congressman Virgil Goode, who won the nomination on the first ballot.
Castle is the former National Vice-Chairman of the Constitution Party.
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- "As Veterans Day Approaches, the Constitution Party salutes its own and all Americans who have served in our nation’s military forces!". Constitution Party National Committee. November 10, 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
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- "Virgil Goode Wins Constitution Party Nomination on First Ballot, Picks VP Choice". Independent Political Report. April 21, 2012.
- Law Offices of Darrell Castle and Associates Law Firm Website
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