History of the Federal Judiciary

  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Van Orsdel, Josiah Alexander
Born November 17, 1860, in New Bedford, PA
Died August 7, 1937

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Received a recess appointment from Theodore Roosevelt on November 14, 1907, to a seat vacated by Louis E. McComas; nominated to the same position by Theodore Roosevelt on December 3, 1907. Confirmed by the Senate on December 12, 1907, and received commission on December 12, 1907. Service terminated on August 7, 1937, due to death.

Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, A.B., 1885
Read law, 1890

Professional Career:
County and prosecuting attorney, Laramie County, Wyoming, 1892-
State representative, Wyoming, 1894-
Attorney general, State of Wyoming, 1898-1905
Associate justice, Wyoming Supreme Court, 1905-1906
Assistant attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, 1906-1907


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