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Byrne, William Matthew Sr.
Born July 10, 1896, in Bakersfield, CA
Died March 9, 1974

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Received a recess appointment from Harry S Truman on September 27, 1950, to a seat vacated by J.F.T. O`Connor; nominated to the same position by Harry S Truman on November 27, 1950. Confirmed by the Senate on December 13, 1950, and received commission on December 21, 1950. Served as chief judge, 1965-1966. Assumed senior status on June 30, 1966. Service terminated on September 18, 1966, due to reassignment.

Judge, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Reassigned on September 18, 1966, to a new seat authorized by 80 Stat. 75. Service terminated on March 9, 1974, due to death.

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, LL.B., 1929

Professional Career:
U.S. Navy, 1917-1919
Private practice, Los Angeles, California, 1929-1943
Member, California State Assembly, 1925-1931; speaker pro tem, 1927-1929
Judge, Los Angeles [California] Municipal Court, 1943-1948
Judge, Superior Court of California, 1948-1950

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, September 1, 1950; no Senate vote


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