History of the Federal Judiciary


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Brockenbrough, John White
Born December 23, 1806, in Hanover County, VA
Died February 20, 1877, in Lexington, VA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
Nominated by James K. Polk on December 23, 1845, to a seat vacated by Isaac S. Pennybacker. Confirmed by the Senate on January 14, 1846, and received commission on January 14, 1846. Service terminated on May 4, 1861, due to resignation.

Education:
Winchester Law School

Professional Career:
Private practice, Hanover County, Virginia, -1834
Commonwealth's attorney, Hanover County, Virginia,
Private practice, Rockbridge County, Virginia, 1834-
Editor, Lexington Valley Star, Rockbridge County, Virginia,
Professor of law, Lexington Law School, Lexington, Virginia, 1849-1861
Delegate from Virginia, Provisional Confederate Congress, 1861-1862
Judge, Confederate District Court, Western District of Virginia, 1862-
Professor of law, Washington College Law School, Lexington, Virginia, 1866-1873
Private practice, Lexington, Virginia, 1873-1877

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