History of the Federal Judiciary


  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Bourne, Benjamin
Born December 9, 1755, in Bristol, RI
Died September 17, 1808, in Bristol, RI

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
Received a recess appointment from George Washington on October 13, 1796, to a seat vacated by Henry Marchant; nominated to the same position by George Washington on December 21, 1796. Confirmed by the Senate on December 22, 1796, and received commission on December 22, 1796. Service terminated on February 20, 1801, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Circuit Court for the First Circuit
Nominated by John Adams on February 18, 1801, to a new seat authorized by 2 Stat. 89. Confirmed by the Senate on February 20, 1801, and received commission on February 20, 1801. Service terminated on July 1, 1802, due to abolition of the court.

Education:
Read law
Harvard College, 1775
Harvard College, M.A., 1778

Professional Career:
Deputy, Rhode Island General Assembly, 1780, 1787-1790
Clerk, Rhode Island General Assembly, 1780-1786
Justice of the peace, Providence, Rhode Island, 1785-1790
U.S. representative from Rhode Island, 1790-1796
Private practice, Providence and Bristol, Rhode Island, 1801-1808
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