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McNairy, John
Born March 30, 1762, in Lancaster County, PA
Died November 12, 1837, near Nashville, TN

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Tennessee
Nominated by George Washington on February 17, 1797, to a new seat authorized by 1 Stat. 496. Confirmed by the Senate on February 20, 1797, and received commission on February 20, 1797. Service terminated on April 29, 1802, due to reassignment.

Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
Reassigned on April 29, 1802, to a new seat authorized by 2 Stat. 165. Service terminated on September 1, 1833, due to resignation.

Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
Reassigned on April 29, 1802, to a new seat authorized by 2 Stat. 165. Service terminated on September 1, 1833, due to resignation.

Education:
Read law, 1788

Professional Career:
Private practice, Jonesboro, Tennessee, 1788-
Judge, Tennessee Superior Court of Law and Equity, Mero District, 1788-

The Judiciary Act of 1801 abolished the U.S. District Court for the District of Tennessee on February 13, 1801, and assigned McNairy to serve as a district judge on the U.S. Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit. The Act was repealed on March 8, 1802, reestablishing the district court as of July 1, 1802.
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