History of the Federal Judiciary


  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Severens, Henry Franklin
Born May 11, 1835, in Rockingham, VT
Died June 8, 1923, in Kalamazoo, MI

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
Nominated by Grover Cleveland on May 14, 1886, to a seat vacated by Solomon Lewis Withey. Confirmed by the Senate on May 25, 1886, and received commission on May 25, 1886. Service terminated on March 16, 1900, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Nominated by William McKinley on February 6, 1900, to a seat vacated by William Howard Taft. Confirmed by the Senate on February 20, 1900, and received commission on February 20, 1900. Service terminated on October 3, 1911, due to resignation.

Judge, U.S. Circuit Courts for the Sixth Circuit
Nominated by William McKinley on February 6, 1900, to a seat vacated by William Howard Taft. Confirmed by the Senate on February 20, 1900, and received commission on February 20, 1900. Service terminated on October 3, 1911, due to resignation.

Education:
Middlebury College, A.B., 1857
Read law, 1859

Professional Career:
Private practice, Three Rivers, Michigan, 1860-1861
Prosecutor, St. Joseph County, Michigan, 1861-1864
Private practice, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1865-1886
Land developer, Allegan County, Michigan
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