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Becker, William Henry

Born August 26, 1909, in Brookhaven, MS
Died February 2, 1992, in Columbia, MO

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
Nominated by John F. Kennedy on August 21, 1961, to a seat vacated by Albert A. Ridge. Confirmed by the Senate on September 8, 1961, and received commission on September 18, 1961. Served as chief judge, 1965-1977. Assumed senior status on February 8, 1977. Service terminated on February 2, 1992, due to death.

Other Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals, 1977-1992

University of Missouri School of Law, LL.B., 1932

Professional Career:

Private practice, Columbia, Missouri, 1932-1961
Special counsel, Missouri Insurance Department, 1936-1944
Counsel, Gov. Lloyd Stark, Missouri, in Kansas City criminal investigation, 1938-1939
U.S. Naval Reserve lieutenant, 1944-1945
U.S. Naval Reserve, 1945-1947
Special assistant to director, Economic Stabilization Commission of the United States, 1945-1946
Special commissioner, Supreme Court of Missouri, 1954-1958
Member, U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, 1968-1977