History of the Federal Judiciary


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Day, William Rufus
Born April 7, 1849, in Ravenna, OH
Died July 9, 1923, in Mackinac Island, MI

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Nominated by William McKinley on February 25, 1899, to a new seat authorized by 30 Stat. 803. Confirmed by the Senate on February 28, 1899, and received commission on February 28, 1899. Service terminated on February 23, 1903, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Circuit Courts for the Sixth Circuit
Nominated by William McKinley on February 25, 1899, to a new seat authorized by 30 Stat. 803. Confirmed by the Senate on February 28, 1899, and received commission on February 28, 1899. Service terminated on February 23, 1903, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by Theodore Roosevelt on February 19, 1903, to a seat vacated by George Shiras, Jr.. Confirmed by the Senate on February 23, 1903, and received commission on February 23, 1903. Service terminated on November 13, 1922, due to retirement.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
Seventh Circuit, March 9, 1903-March 17, 1912
Sixth Circuit, March 18, 1912-November 13, 1922

Education:
University of Michigan
University of Michigan, B.S., 1870
Read law, 1871

Professional Career:
Private practice, Canton, Ohio, 1872-1897, 1899
Judge, Ohio Court of Common Pleas, Ninth Judicial District, 1886-1887
Assistant secretary of state, 1897-1898
Secretary of State, 1898
Chairman, U.S. delegation to Paris Peace Conference with Spain, 1898-1899
Umpire, Mixed Claims Commission to Adjudicate War Claims against Germany, 1922-1923

Recess appointment to U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1889; declined
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