History of the Federal Judiciary


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Paca, William
Born October 31, 1740, in Abingdon, MD
Died October 13, 1799, in Wye Island, MD

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
Received a recess appointment from George Washington on December 22, 1789, to a new seat authorized by 1 Stat. 73; nominated to the same position by George Washington on February 8, 1790. Confirmed by the Senate on February 10, 1790, and received commission on February 10, 1790. Service terminated on October 13, 1799, due to death.

Education:
Inner Temple, London, England
College of Philadelphia (now University of Pennsylvania), M.A., 1759
Read law, 1761

Professional Career:
Private practice, Annapolis, Maryland, 1763-
Member, Lower House, Maryland Proprietary Assembly, 1767-1774
Delegate, First and Second Continental Congresses, 1774-1779
Signer of Declaration of Independence, 1776
State senator, Maryland, 1776-1777, 1778-1780
Judge, Maryland General Court, 1778
Judge, Court of Appeals in Cases of Capture, 1780-1782
Governor, Maryland, 1782-1785
State delegate, Maryland, 1786
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