History of the Federal Judiciary


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Lowell, John
Born June 17, 1743, in Newburyport, MA
Died May 6, 1802, in Roxbury, MA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Nominated by George Washington on September 24, 1789, to a new seat authorized by 1 Stat. 73. Confirmed by the Senate on September 26, 1789, and received commission on September 26, 1789. Service terminated on February 20, 1801, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Circuit Court for the First Circuit
Nominated by John Adams on February 18, 1801, to a new seat authorized by 2 Stat. 89. Confirmed by the Senate on February 20, 1801, and received commission on February 20, 1801. Served as chief judge, 1801-1802. Service terminated on May 6, 1802, due to death.

Education:
Harvard College, 1760
Read law, 1763

Professional Career:
Private practice, Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1763-1771, 1773, 1775
Selectman, Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1771-1772, 1774, 1776
Massachusetts militia major, 1776
Private practice, Boston, Massachusetts, 1777-1778, 1779-1781
State representative, Massachusetts, 1778, 1780-1782
Delegate, Massachusetts constitutional convention, 1780
Delegate, Continental Congress, 1782-1783
Judge, Court of Appeals in Cases of Capture, 1783-
Member, commission on the boundary between Massachusetts and New York, 1784
State senator, Massachusetts, 1784-1785
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