History of the Federal Judiciary

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Gewin, Walter Pettus
Born December 9, 1908, in Nanafalia, AL
Died May 15, 1981, in Tuscaloosa, AL

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Received a recess appointment from John F. Kennedy on October 5, 1961, to a new seat authorized by 75 Stat. 80; nominated to the same position by John F. Kennedy on January 15, 1962. Confirmed by the Senate on February 5, 1962, and received commission on February 9, 1962. Assumed senior status on November 1, 1976. Service terminated on May 15, 1981, due to death.

Birmingham-Southern College, A.B., 1930
Emory University, B.L.S., 1932
University of Alabama School of Law, LL.B., 1935

Professional Career:
Private practice, Birmingham, Alabama, 1935-1936
Private practice, Greensboro, Alabama, 1936-1951
Prosecutor, Hale County, Alabama, 1942-1951
Private practice, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1951-1961

Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, September 20, 1961; no Senate vote


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