History of the Federal Judiciary

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Biddle, Francis
Born May 9, 1886, in Paris, France
Died October 4, 1968, in Wellfleet, MA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Nominated by Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 9, 1939, to a seat vacated by Joseph Buffington. Confirmed by the Senate on February 28, 1939, and received commission on March 4, 1939. Service terminated on January 22, 1940, due to resignation.

Harvard University, B.A., 1909
Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1911

Professional Career:
Personal secretary, Hon. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Supreme Court of the United States, 1911-1912
Private practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1912-1938
U.S. Army, 1918
Special assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1922-1926
Chairman, National Labor Relations Board, 1934-1935
Chief counsel, Special Congressional Committee to Investigate the Tennessee Valley Authority, 1938-1939
Solicitor general of the United States, 1940
Director, Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of Justice, 1940
Attorney General of the United States, 1941-1945
U.S. representative to International Military Tribunal--Nuremburg Trials, 1945-1946
Chairman, Americans for Democratic Action, 1950-1953

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