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Nichol, Fred Joseph
Born March 19, 1912, in Sioux City, IA
Died December 31, 1996

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota
Nominated by Lyndon B. Johnson on May 18, 1965, to a seat vacated by George T. Mickelson. Confirmed by the Senate on June 9, 1965, and received commission on June 10, 1965. Served as chief judge, 1966-1980. Assumed senior status on June 11, 1980. Service terminated on December 31, 1996, due to death.

Yankton College, South Dakota, A.B., 1933
University of South Dakota School of Law, LL.B., 1936

Professional Career:
Assistant to administrative assistant, U.S. Senate, 1936-1938
Private practice, Mitchell, South Dakota, 1938-1958
U.S. Navy lieutenant, 1943-1946
State's attorney, Davison County, South Dakota, 1947-1951
State representative, South Dakota, 1951-1952, 1957-1958
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of South Dakota, 1951-1953
Judge, South Dakota Circuit Court, Fourth Judicial Circuit, 1959-1965
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