History of the Federal Judiciary


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Chapman, Robert Foster
Born 1926 in Inman, SC

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
Nominated by Richard M. Nixon on May 18, 1971, to a new seat authorized by 84 Stat. 294. Confirmed by the Senate on May 26, 1971, and received commission on May 27, 1971. Service terminated on October 2, 1981, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on July 16, 1981, to a seat vacated by Clement Furman Haynsworth, Jr.. Confirmed by the Senate on September 16, 1981, and received commission on September 19, 1981. Assumed senior status on May 31, 1991.

Education:
University of South Carolina, B.S., 1945
University of South Carolina School of Law, LL.B., 1949

Professional Career:
U.S. Navy ensign, 1943-1946
Private practice, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1949-1951, 1953-1971
U.S. Navy lieutenant, 1951-1953
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