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Francis Duffy

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Francis Duffy
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   Harry Truman
Active:   2/2/1949 - 6/30/1966
Chief:   1954-1959
Senior:   6/30/1966 - 8/16/1979
Preceded by:   Evan Alfred Evans
Succeeded by:   Thomas Fairchild
Past post:   Eastern District of Wisconsin
Past term:   1939-1949
Personal History
Born:   1888
Deceased:   8/16/1979
Undergraduate:   University of Wisconsin 1910
Law School:   University of Wisconsin Law 1912

Francis Ryan Duffy (1888-1979) was a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.[1]

Early life and education

  • University of Wisconsin, B.A., 1910
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, LL.B., 1912[1]

Professional career

  • Private practice, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 1912-1917
  • U.S. Army, 1917-1919
  • Private practice, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 1919-1933
  • U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, 1933-1939
  • Private practice, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 1939[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Wisconsin

Duffy was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 21, 1939 to replace Ferdinand August Geiger. He was confirmed by the Senate on June 26th, and received commission on June 29th. He served on this court until February 2, 1949.[1] Duffy was succeeded in this position by Robert Tehan.

Seventh Circuit

Duffy was nominated by President Harry Truman on January 13, 1949 to replace Evan Alfred Evans. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 31st, and received commission on February 2nd. From 1954 to 1959, he was the chief judge. On June 30, 1966, he assumed senior status and continued to serve in this capacity until his death on August 16, 1979.[1]

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Preceded by:
Ferdinand August Geiger
Eastern District of Wisconsin
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
Robert Tehan
Preceded by:
Evan Alfred Evans
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Thomas Fairchild