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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.

Education:
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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