History of the Federal Judiciary


  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
West, Elmer Gordon
Born November 17, 1914, in Hyde Park, MA
Died November 2, 1992

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
Nominated by John F. Kennedy on September 5, 1961, to a new seat authorized by 75 Stat. 80. Confirmed by the Senate on September 14, 1961, and received commission on September 15, 1961. Served as chief judge, 1967-1972. Service terminated on April 16, 1972, due to reassignment.

Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
Reassigned on April 16, 1972, to a new seat authorized by 85 Stat. 741. Served as chief judge, 1978-1979. Assumed senior status on November 27, 1979. Service terminated on November 2, 1992, due to death.

Education:
Louisiana State University, B.S., 1941
Louisiana State University Law School, LL.B., 1942

Professional Career:
U.S. Naval Reserve, 1942-1945
Attorney, Louisiana State Department of Revenue, 1945-1946
Private practice, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1946-1961
Inheritance tax collector, State of Louisiana, 1948-1952

 

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