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Bell, Griffin Boyette
Born October 31, 1918, in Americus, GA
Died January 5, 2009, in Atlanta, GA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Received a recess appointment from John F. Kennedy on October 5, 1961, to a new seat authorized by 75 Stat. 80; nominated to the same position by John F. Kennedy on January 15, 1962. Confirmed by the Senate on February 5, 1962, and received commission on February 9, 1962. Service terminated on March 1, 1976, due to resignation.

Mercer University School of Law, LL.B., 1948

Professional Career:
Private practice, Savannah, Georgia, 1948-1952
Private practice, Rome, Georgia, 1952-1953
Private practice, Atlanta, Georgia, 1953-1961, 1976, 1979-2009
Chief of staff, Gov. Ernest Vandiver, Georgia, 1959-1961
Attorney General of the United States, 1977-1979

Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, September 20, 1961; no Senate vote
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