History of the Federal Judiciary

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Thornberry, William Homer
Born January 9, 1909, in Austin, TX
Died December 12, 1995, in Austin, TX

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Nominated by John F. Kennedy on July 9, 1963, to a seat vacated by Robert E. Thomason. Confirmed by the Senate on July 15, 1963, and received commission on December 17, 1963. Service terminated on July 2, 1965, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Nominated by Lyndon B. Johnson on June 22, 1965, to a seat vacated by Joseph Chappell Hutcheson, Jr.. Confirmed by the Senate on July 1, 1965, and received commission on July 1, 1965. Assumed senior status on December 21, 1978. Service terminated on December 12, 1995, due to death.

University of Texas, B.B.A., 1932
University of Texas School of Law, LL.B., 1936

Professional Career:
Private practice, Austin, Texas, 1936-1941, 1946-1948
State representative, Texas, 1937-1941
District attorney, Travis County, Texas, 1941-1942
U.S. Navy lieutenant commander, 1942-1946
City councilman, Austin, Texas, 1946-1948
U.S. representative from Texas, 1949-1963

Nominated to Supreme Court of the United States, June 26, 1968; nomination withdrawn by president, October 4, 1968
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