History of the Federal Judiciary


  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Key, David McKendree
Born January 27, 1824, in Greene County, TN
Died February 3, 1900, in Chattanooga, TN

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
Nominated by Rutherford B. Hayes on May 19, 1880, to a seat vacated by Connally F. Trigg. Confirmed by the Senate on May 27, 1880, and received commission on May 27, 1880. Service terminated on January 21, 1895, due to retirement.

Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
Nominated by Rutherford B. Hayes on May 19, 1880, to a seat vacated by Connally F. Trigg. Confirmed by the Senate on May 27, 1880, and received commission on May 27, 1880. Service terminated on January 21, 1895, due to retirement.

Education:
East Tennessee University (now University of Tennessee), A.M.
Read law, 1850
Hiwassee College, 1850

Professional Career:
Private practice, Madisonville, Tennessee, 1850-1852
Private practice, Kingston, Tennessee, 1852-1853
Private practice, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1853-1861, 1865-1880
Confederate Army, 1861-1865
Chancellor, Tennessee Chancery Court, Third Judicial District, 1870-1875
U.S. senator from Tennessee, 1875-1877
Postmaster general of the United States, 1877-1880
Research Collections
Bibliography

 

Submit Questions About Judicial History