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Battin, James Franklin
Born February 13, 1925, in Wichita, KS
Died September 27, 1996, in Billings, MT

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Montana
Nominated by Richard M. Nixon on February 20, 1969, to a seat vacated by William Jameson. Confirmed by the Senate on February 25, 1969, and received commission on February 27, 1969. Served as chief judge, 1978-1990. Assumed senior status on February 13, 1990. Service terminated on September 27, 1996, due to death.

Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University Billings), B.A., 1948
George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1951

Professional Career:
U.S. Navy, 1942-1945
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1951-1952
Private practice, Billings, Montana, 1953-1960
Deputy county attorney, Yellowstone County, Montana, 1953-1955
General counsel and secretary, City-County Planning Board, Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana, 1955
Assistant city attorney, Billings, Montana, 1955-1957
City attorney, Billings, Montana, 1957-1958
State representative, Montana, 1958-1959
U.S. representative from Montana, 1961-1969

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