History of the Federal Judiciary

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Barnes, David Leonard
Born January 28, 1760, in Scituate, MA
Died November 3, 1812, in Providence, RI

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
Received a recess appointment from Thomas Jefferson on April 30, 1801, to a seat vacated by Benjamin Bourne; nominated to the same position by Thomas Jefferson on January 6, 1802. Confirmed by the Senate on January 26, 1802, and received commission on January 26, 1802. Service terminated on November 3, 1812, due to death.

Harvard College, 1780
Read law, 1783

Professional Career:
Private practice, Taunton, Massachusetts, 1783-1793
Private practice, Providence, Rhode Island, 1793-1802
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