History of the Federal Judiciary


  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Swygert, Luther Merritt
Born February 5, 1905, in Miami County, OH
Died March 16, 1988

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
Nominated by Franklin D. Roosevelt on September 29, 1943, to a seat vacated by Thomas W. Slick. Confirmed by the Senate on October 14, 1943, and received commission on October 16, 1943. Served as chief judge, 1954-1961. Service terminated on October 10, 1961, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Nominated by John F. Kennedy on September 18, 1961, to a new seat authorized by 75 Stat. 80. Confirmed by the Senate on September 23, 1961, and received commission on September 29, 1961. Served as chief judge, 1970-1975. Assumed senior status on July 1, 1981. Service terminated on March 16, 1988, due to death.

Education:
Notre Dame Law School, LL.B., 1927

Professional Career:
Private practice, Indiana, 1928-1931
Deputy prosecutor, Lake County, Indiana, 1931-1933
Assistant U.S. attorney, Northern District of Indiana, 1934-1943
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