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Spears, Adrian Anthony
Born July 8, 1910, in Darlington, SC
Died May 9, 1991, in San Antonio, TX

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Received a recess appointment from John F. Kennedy on October 5, 1961, to a new seat authorized by 75 Stat. 80; nominated to the same position by John F. Kennedy on January 15, 1962. Confirmed by the Senate on March 16, 1962, and received commission on March 17, 1962. Served as chief judge, 1962-1979. Assumed senior status on October 10, 1979. Service terminated on December 31, 1982, due to retirement.

University of South Carolina School of Law, LL.B., 1934

Professional Career:
Private practice, Darlington, South Carolina, 1934-1936
Private practice, San Antonio, Texas, 1937-1961
Special judge, Texas District Court, 1951
Vice president, Tetco, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, 1983-1991

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, September 25, 1961; no Senate vote
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