History of the Federal Judiciary

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Senter, Lyonel Thomas Jr.
Born July 30, 1933, in Fulton, MS
Died May 18, 2011, in Tupelo, MS

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
Nominated by Jimmy Carter on October 11, 1979, to a seat vacated by Orma R. Smith. Confirmed by the Senate on December 20, 1979, and received commission on December 21, 1979. Served as chief judge, 1982-1998. Assumed senior status on July 30, 1998. Service terminated on May 18, 2011, due to death.

National Judicial College
Mississippi Southern College (now University of Southern Mississippi), B.S., 1956
University of Mississippi School of Law, LL.B., 1959

Professional Career:
Private practice, Aberdeen, Mississippi, 1959-1968
County prosecutor, Monroe County, Mississippi, 1960-1963
Commissioner, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi, 1966-1968
Judge, Mississippi Circuit Court, First Judicial District, 1968-1979


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