History of the Federal Judiciary

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Butzner, John Decker Jr.
Born October 2, 1917, in Scranton, PA
Died January 20, 2006, in Richmond, VA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Nominated by John F. Kennedy on May 15, 1962, to a seat vacated by Albert V. Bryan. Confirmed by the Senate on June 15, 1962, and received commission on June 20, 1962. Service terminated on August 1, 1967, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Nominated by Lyndon B. Johnson on June 27, 1967, to a seat vacated by J. Spencer Bell. Confirmed by the Senate on July 31, 1967, and received commission on July 31, 1967. Assumed senior status on November 1, 1982. Service terminated on January 20, 2006, due to death.

University of Scranton, B.A., 1938
University of Virginia School of Law, LL.B., 1941

Professional Career:
Private practice, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1941-1942, 1946-1958
U.S. Air Force staff sergeant, Weather Service, 1942-1945
Associate judge, Virginia Circuit Court, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, 1958-1960
Judge, Virginia Circuit Court, Thirty-Ninth Judicial Circuit, 1960-1962


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