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David Aldrich Nelson

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David Aldrich Nelson (1932-2010) was a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Nelson was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on September 9, 1985, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333; he was confirmed by the Senate on October 16, 1985, and received commission the next day. He assumed senior status on October 1, 1999 and served the court in that capacity until his death on October 1, 2010.[1]


  • Hamilton College, A.B., 1954
  • Harvard Law School, LL.B, 1958[1]

Professional career

  • Private practice, Cleveland, Ohio, 1958-1959
  • U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Attorney-adviser, Office of General Counsel, 1959-1962
  • Private practice, Cleveland, Ohio, 1962-1969
  • General counsel, U.S. Postal Service, 1969-1971
  • Senior assistant postmaster general and general counsel, U.S. Postal Service, 1971
  • Private practice, Cleveland, Ohio, 1972-1985[1]


Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Jeffrey Sutton