History of the Federal Judiciary

  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Wilkins, William
Born December 20, 1779, in Carlisle, PA
Died June 23, 1865, Homewood, near Pittsburgh, PA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
Nominated by James Monroe on May 10, 1824, to a seat vacated by Jonathan H. Walker. Confirmed by the Senate on May 12, 1824, and received commission on May 12, 1824. Service terminated on April 14, 1831, due to resignation.

Read law, 1801
Dickinson College, 1802

Professional Career:
Private practice, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1801-1806, 1808-1815, 1836-1843, 1845-    , 1858-1865
Private practice, Lexington, Kentucky, 1806-1807
President, Pittsburgh [Pennsylvania] City Council, 1816-1819
State representative, Pennsylvania, 1819-1820
President judge, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Fifth Judicial District, 1820-1824
U.S. representative from Pennsylvania, 1829-1830, 1843-1844
U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, 1831-1834
Minister to Russia, U.S. Department of State, 1834-1836
Secretary of War, 1844-1845
State senator, Pennsylvania, 1855-1857
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