Franklin Billings

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Franklin Billings
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Vermont
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   06/15/1984 - 09/08/1994
Chief:   1988 - 1991
Senior:   09/09/1994 - 3/9/2014
Preceded by:   James Holden
Succeeded by:   John Murtha
Past post:   Vermont Supreme Court, Justice
Past term:   1975 - 1983
Personal History
Born:   1922
Hometown:   Woodstock, VT
Deceased:   3/9/2014
Undergraduate:   Harvard, B.S., 1943
Law School:   University of Virginia Law, J.D., 1947
Military service:   British Army 1943 - 1945

Franklin S. Billings, Jr. (b. 1922-d. 2014) was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. Billings was nominated by Ronald Reagan on May 25, 1984, to the seat vacated by James Holden. Billings was then confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 15, 1984, receiving his commission on June 15, 1984. From 1988-1991, Billings served as Chief Judge of the District of Vermont. He assumed senior status on September 9, 1994. Prior to his Federal judicial appointment, Judge Billings served as a justice on the Supreme Court of Vermont from 1975 to 1983, and as that court's chief justice from 1983 to 1984.[1] Billings passed away on March 9, 2014 at the age of 91.[2]

Early life and education

Billings earned his B.S. from Harvard College in 1943 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1947.

Professional career

  • 1963-1965: Speaker of the House
  • 1959-1960: Secretary of civil and military affairs, State of Vermont
  • 1957-1959: Secretary, Vermont Senate
  • 1955-1957: Executive clerk to the governor, Governor Joseph Johnson, State of Vermont
  • 1955-1962: Judge, Hartford Municipal Court, State of Vermont
  • 1949-1953: Assistant Secretary, Vermont Senate
  • 1948-1966: Attorney, Private Practice, Woodstock, Vermont
  • Private practice, Woodstock, Vermont, 1948-1966

Military service

  • 1943-1945: Attached 6th Armored Division, British 8th Army,

Judicial career

District of Vermont

Franklin S. Billings, Jr. was a federal judge on senior status on the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. Billings was nominated by Ronald Reagan on May 25, 1984, to the seat vacated by James Holden. Billings was then confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 15, 1984, receiving his commission on June 15, 1984. From 1988-1991, Billings served as Chief Judge of the District of Vermont. He assumed senior status on September 9, 1994.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
James Holden
District of Vermont
1984–1994
Succeeded by:
John Murtha


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