History of the Federal Judiciary


  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Wright, James Skelly
Born January 14, 1911, in New Orleans, LA
Died August 6, 1988, in Westmoreland Hills, MD

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
Received a recess appointment from Harry S Truman on October 21, 1949, to a seat vacated by Wayne G. Borah; nominated to the same position by Harry S Truman on January 5, 1950. Confirmed by the Senate on March 8, 1950, and received commission on March 9, 1950. Service terminated on April 15, 1962, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Nominated by John F. Kennedy on February 2, 1962, to a seat vacated by E. Barrett Prettyman. Confirmed by the Senate on March 28, 1962, and received commission on March 30, 1962. Served as chief judge, 1978-1981. Assumed senior status on June 1, 1986. Service terminated on August 6, 1988, due to death.

Education:
Loyola University New Orleans, Ph.B., 1931
Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, J.D., 1934

Professional Career:
High school teacher, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1932-1936
Lecturer, Loyola University New Orleans, 1936-1937
Assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1937-1942, 1945-1946
U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant commander, 1942-1945
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1946-1948
U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 1948-1949
Faculty, Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, 1950-1962
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