History of the Federal Judiciary


  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Knappen, Loyal Edwin
Born January 27, 1854, in Hastings, MI
Died May 14, 1930, in Grand Rapids, MI

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
Nominated by Theodore Roosevelt on December 3, 1906, to a seat vacated by George P. Wanty. Confirmed by the Senate on December 10, 1906, and received commission on December 10, 1906. Service terminated on February 8, 1910, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Nominated by William H. Taft on January 17, 1910, to a seat vacated by Horace Harmon Lurton. Confirmed by the Senate on January 31, 1910, and received commission on January 31, 1910. Assumed senior status on April 15, 1924. Service terminated on May 14, 1930, due to death.

Judge, U.S. Circuit Courts for the Sixth Circuit
Nominated by William H. Taft on January 17, 1910, to a seat vacated by Horace Harmon Lurton. Confirmed by the Senate on January 31, 1910, and received commission on January 31, 1910. Service terminated on December 31, 1911, due to abolition of the court.

Education:
University of Michigan, B.A., 1873
Read law, 1875
University of Michigan, M.A., 1876

Professional Career:
Private practice, Hastings, Michigan, 1875-1888
Prosecutor, Barry County, Michigan, 1879-1883
Commissioner, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1880-1888
Private practice, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1888-1906

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