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Devitt, Edward James

Born May 5, 1911, in St. Paul, MN
Died March 2, 1992, in St. Paul, MN

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
Received a recess appointment from Dwight D. Eisenhower on December 10, 1954, to a seat vacated by Matthew M. Joyce; nominated to the same position by Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 10, 1955. Confirmed by the Senate on February 4, 1955, and received commission on February 7, 1955. Served as chief judge, 1959-1981. Assumed senior status on May 1, 1981. Service terminated on March 2, 1992, due to death.

Other Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, 1985-1992

University of North Dakota School of Law, LL.B., 1935
University of North Dakota, B.S., 1938

Professional Career:

Private practice, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, 1935-1939
Judge, Minnesota Municipal Court, 1935-1939
Assistant attorney general, State of Minnesota, 1939-1942
U.S. Naval Reserve lieutenant commander, 1942-1946
U.S. representative from Minnesota, 1947-1949
Private practice, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1949-1950
Judge, Ramsey County [Minnesota] Probate Court, 1950-1954
Board member, Federal Judicial Center, 1968-1971

Other Nominations/Recess Appointments:

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, November 16, 1954; no Senate vote