History of the Federal Judiciary


  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Van Devanter, Willis
Born April 17, 1859, in Marion, IN
Died February 8, 1941, in Washington, DC

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Nominated by Theodore Roosevelt on February 4, 1903, to a new seat authorized by 32 Stat. 791. Confirmed by the Senate on February 18, 1903, and received commission on February 18, 1903. Service terminated on December 16, 1910, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Circuit Courts for the Eighth Circuit
Nominated by Theodore Roosevelt on February 4, 1903, to a new seat authorized by 32 Stat. 791. Confirmed by the Senate on February 18, 1903, and received commission on February 18, 1903. Service terminated on December 16, 1910, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by William H. Taft on December 12, 1910, to a seat vacated by Edward D. White. Confirmed by the Senate on December 15, 1910, and received commission on December 16, 1910. Assumed senior status on June 2, 1937. Service terminated on February 8, 1941, due to death.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
Eighth Circuit, January 9, 1911-April 9, 1929
Seventh Circuit, April 10, 1929-June 2, 1937
Tenth Circuit, April 10, 1929-June 2, 1937

Education:
Cincinnati Law School (now University of Cincinnati College of Law), LL.B., 1881

Professional Career:
Private practice, Marion, Indiana, 1881-1884
Private practice, Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, 1884-1887
Member, commission to revise the statutes of Wyoming Territory, 1886
City attorney, Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, 1887-1888
Territorial representative, Wyoming Territory, 1888
Chief justice, Supreme Court of Wyoming Territory, 1889-1890
Chief justice, Wyoming Supreme Court, 1890
Private practice, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1890-1897
Assistant attorney general, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1896-1903
Professor, Columbian University School of Law, 1897-1903

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