History of the Federal Judiciary

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Hand, Learned
Born January 27, 1872, in Albany, NY
Died August 18, 1961, in New York, NY

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Nominated by William H. Taft on April 1, 1909, to a new seat authorized by 35 Stat. 685. Confirmed by the Senate on April 26, 1909, and received commission on April 26, 1909. Service terminated on December 29, 1924, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Nominated by Calvin Coolidge on December 2, 1924, to a seat vacated by Julius Marshuetz Mayer. Confirmed by the Senate on December 20, 1924, and received commission on December 20, 1924. Served as chief judge, 1948-1951. Assumed senior status on June 1, 1951. Service terminated on August 18, 1961, due to death.

Harvard College, A.B., 1893
Harvard College, A.M., 1893
Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1896

Professional Career:
Private practice, Albany, New York, 1897-1902
Private practice, New York City, 1902-1909

Given name at birth: Billings Learned Hand

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