History of the Federal Judiciary

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Wilbur, Curtis Dwight
Born May 10, 1867, in Boonesboro, IA
Died September 8, 1954, in Palo Alto, CA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Nominated by Herbert Hoover on April 18, 1929, to a new seat authorized by 45 Stat. 1414. Confirmed by the Senate on May 2, 1929, and received commission on May 2, 1929. Assumed senior status on May 10, 1945. Service terminated on September 8, 1954, due to death.

U.S. Naval Academy, B.S., 1888
Read law, 1890

Professional Career:
Private practice, Los Angeles, California, 1890-
Chief deputy district attorney, Los Angeles County, California, 1899-1903
Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, 1903-1918
Justice, Supreme Court of California, 1918-1924; chief justice, 1922-1924
Secretary of the Navy, 1924-1929

Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, March 1, 1929; no Senate vote
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