Willis Van Devanter

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Willis Van Devanter
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Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Associate Justice
Position:   Seat #2
Service:
Appointed by:   William H. Taft
Active:   12/16/1910 - 6/2/1937
Senior:   6/2/1937 - 2/8/1941
Preceded by:   Edward Douglass White
Succeeded by:   Hugo Black
Past post:   Eighth Circuit
Past term:   2/4/1903 - 12/16/1910
Personal History
Born:   April 17, 1859
Hometown:   Marion, IN
Deceased:   February 8, 1941
Law School:   U. of Cincinnati Law, LL.B., 1881



Willis Van Devanter (1859-1941) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the Supreme Court in 1910 after a nomination from President William H. Taft. On June 2, 1937, he assumed senior status. He served until his death on February 8, 1941.[1]

Devanter was one of six justices confirmed to the Supreme Court by President Taft. He served during The White Court, The Taft Court and The Hughes Court.[2]

Eeducation

Devanter received his LL.B. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1881.[1]

Professional career

  • 1897-1903: Professor, Columbia University School of Law
  • 1896-1903: Assistant U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C.
  • 1890-1897: Attorney in private practice, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • 1890: Chief justice, Wyoming Supreme Court
  • 1889-1890: Judge, U.S. District Court for the Territory of Wyoming
  • 1888: Member, Wyoming Territorial Legislature
  • 1887-1888: City attorney, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • 1886: Commissioner to revise the Wyoming statutes, U.S. Teritorial Court, Territory of Wyoming
  • 1884-1887: Attorney in private practice, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • 1881-1884: Attorney in private practice, Marion, Indiana[1]

Federal judicial career

Supreme Court

Van Devanter was nominated to the Supreme Court by President William Howard Taft on December 12, 1910 to fill a seat vacated by Justice Edward Douglass White. He was confirmed by the Senate on December 15, 1910, and received commission on December 16, 1910. On June 2, 1937, Van Devanter assumed senior status. He served until his death on February 8, 1941.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Justice Hugo Black.

Eighth Circuit

Van Devanter was previously a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He was nominated by President Theodore Roosevelt on February 4, 1903 to fill a seat created by 32 Stat. 791. He was confirmed by the Senate on February 18th, and received commission that same day. Van Devanter served on this court until December 16, 1910.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Walter Inglewood Smith.

See also

External links

  • Biography from the Law Library - American Law and Legal Information.

References

Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
Circuit Courts for the Eighth Circuit
1903–1910
Succeeded by:
Walter Inglewood Smith
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
1903–1910
Succeeded by:
Walter Inglewood Smith
Preceded by:
Edward Douglass White
Supreme Court
1910–1941
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Hugo Black