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Otis, Merrill E.

Born July 7, 1884, in Nodaway County, MO
Died December 23, 1944

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
Received a recess appointment from Calvin Coolidge on March 23, 1925, to a seat vacated by Arba S. Van Valkenburgh; nominated to the same position by Calvin Coolidge on December 8, 1925. Confirmed by the Senate on December 14, 1925, and received commission on December 14, 1925. Service terminated on December 23, 1944, due to death.

University of Missouri, A.B., 1906
University of Missouri, A.M., 1910
University of Missouri School of Law, LL.B., 1910

Professional Career:

Private practice, St. Joseph, Missouri, 1911-1921
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri, 1914
First assistant city counselor, St. Joseph, Missouri, 1915-1916
First assistant prosecutor, St. Joseph, Missouri, 1917-1918
First assistant attorney general, State of Missouri, 1921-1923
Chairman, Missouri Public Service Commission, 1923-1924
Assistant to the solicitor general, U.S. Department of Justice, 1924-1925