History of the Federal Judiciary


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Brewer, David Josiah
Born June 20, 1837, in Smyrna, Asia Minor
Died March 28, 1910, in Washington, DC

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Circuit Courts for the Eighth Circuit
Nominated by Chester A. Arthur on March 25, 1884, to a seat vacated by George Washington McCrary. Confirmed by the Senate on March 31, 1884, and received commission on March 31, 1884. Service terminated on January 6, 1890, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by Benjamin Harrison on December 4, 1889, to a seat vacated by Stanley Matthews. Confirmed by the Senate on December 18, 1889, and received commission on December 18, 1889. Service terminated on March 28, 1910, due to death.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
Sixth Circuit, March 10, 1890-January 18, 1891
Eighth Circuit, November 3, 1890-March 28, 1910
Ninth Circuit, December 13, 1897-February 20, 1898
Seventh Circuit, September 2, 1907-October 14, 1907

Education:
Albany Law School
Yale College, A.B., 1856
Read law, 1857

Professional Career:
Private practice, Leavenworth, Kansas, 1858-1861
Commissioner, U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Kansas, 1861-1862
Judge, Leavenworth County [Kansas] Probate and Criminal Courts, 1862-1865
Judge, Kansas District Court, First Judicial District, 1865-1869
City attorney, Leavenworth, Kansas, 1869-1870
Justice, Kansas Supreme Court, 1870-1884
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