History of the Federal Judiciary


  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Adams, Elmer Bragg
Born October 27, 1842, in Pomfret, VT
Died October 24, 1916, in St. Louis, MO

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
Received a recess appointment from Grover Cleveland on May 17, 1895, to a seat vacated by Henry S. Priest; nominated to the same position by Grover Cleveland on December 4, 1895. Confirmed by the Senate on December 9, 1895, and received commission on December 9, 1895. Service terminated on May 29, 1905, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Received a recess appointment from Theodore Roosevelt on May 20, 1905, to a seat vacated by Amos Madden Thayer; nominated to the same position by Theodore Roosevelt on December 5, 1905. Confirmed by the Senate on December 12, 1905, and received commission on December 12, 1905. Service terminated on October 24, 1916, due to death.

Judge, U.S. Circuit Courts for the Eighth Circuit
Received a recess appointment from Theodore Roosevelt on May 20, 1905, to a seat vacated by Amos Madden Thayer; nominated to the same position by Theodore Roosevelt on December 5, 1905. Confirmed by the Senate on December 12, 1905, and received commission on December 12, 1905. Service terminated on December 31, 1911, due to abolition of the court.

Education:
Yale College, B.A., 1865
Harvard Law School, 1868

Professional Career:
Teacher, American Union Commission, Georgia, 1865-1866
Private practice, St. Louis, Missouri, 1866-1879, 1884-1895
Judge, Circuit Court of Missouri, St. Louis Circuit, 1879-1884
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