History of the Federal Judiciary

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Peckham, Robert Francis
Born November 3, 1920, in San Francisco, CA
Died February 16, 1993, in San Francisco, CA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Nominated by Lyndon B. Johnson on September 9, 1966, to a new seat authorized by 80 Stat. 75. Confirmed by the Senate on October 20, 1966, and received commission on November 3, 1966. Served as chief judge, 1976-1988. Assumed senior status on November 11, 1988. Service terminated on February 16, 1993, due to death.

Yale University
Stanford University, A.B., 1941
Stanford Law School, LL.B., 1945

Professional Career:
Private practice, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale, California, 1946-1948, 1953-1959
Assistant U.S. attorney, Northern District of California, 1948-1953; chief assistant, Criminal Division, 1952-1953
Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, 1959-1966; presiding judge, 1961-1963, 1965-1966
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