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Hastie, William Henry
Born November 17, 1904, in Knoxville, TN
Died April 14, 1976, in Philadelphia, PA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Received a recess appointment from Harry S Truman on October 21, 1949, to a new seat authorized by 63 Stat. 493; nominated to the same position by Harry S Truman on January 5, 1950. Confirmed by the Senate on July 19, 1950, and received commission on July 22, 1950. Served as chief judge, 1968-1971. Assumed senior status on May 31, 1971. Service terminated on April 14, 1976, due to death.

Amherst College, A.B., 1925
Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1930
Harvard Law School, S.J.D., 1933

Professional Career:
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1930-1933
Assistant solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1933-1937
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of the Virgin Islands, 1937-1939
Dean, Howard University School of Law, 1939-1946
Civilian aide to the Secretary of War, 1940-1943
Governor, Virgin Islands, 1946-1949

Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, October 15, 1949; no Senate vote
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