History of the Federal Judiciary


  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Knous, William Lee
Born February 2, 1889, in Ouray, CO
Died December 12, 1959, in Denver, CO

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
Nominated by Harry S Truman on March 1, 1950, to a seat vacated by John Foster Symes. Confirmed by the Senate on April 4, 1950, and received commission on April 7, 1950. Served as chief judge, 1954-1959. Service terminated on December 12, 1959, due to death.

Education:
University of Colorado Law School, LL.B., 1911

Professional Career:
Private practice, Denver, Colorado, 1911-1937
Deputy district attorney, Ouray County, Colorado, 1913-1918
Mayor, Montrose, Colorado, 1926-1930
State representative, Colorado, 1928-1930
State senator, Colorado, 1930-1936; president pro tem, 1935-1936
Justice, Colorado Supreme Court, 1937-1947; chief justice, 1946-1947
Governor, Colorado, 1947-1950

 

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