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Ervin, Samuel James III
Born March 2, 1926, in Morganton, NC
Died September 18, 1999, in Morganton, NC

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Nominated by Jimmy Carter on April 2, 1980, to a new seat authorized by 92 Stat. 1629. Confirmed by the Senate on May 21, 1980, and received commission on May 23, 1980. Served as chief judge, 1989-1996. Service terminated on September 18, 1999, due to death.

Davidson College, B.S., 1948
Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1951

Professional Career:
U.S. Army lieutenant, 1944-1946, 1951-1952
Private practice, Morganton, North Carolina, 1952-1967
Solicitor, Burke County [North Carolina] Board of Commissioners, 1954-1956
State representative, North Carolina, 1965-1967
Judge, North Carolina Superior Court, 1967-1980

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