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Henry Wilhoit

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Henry Wilhoit
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   9/28/1981-12/31/2000
Chief:   1998-2000
Senior:   12/31/2000-Present
Preceded by:   David Hermansdorfer
Succeeded by:   Karen Caldwell
Personal History
Born:   1935
Hometown:   Ashland, KY
Law School:   University of Kentucky College of Law, 1960

Henry Wilhoit, Jr. is a Federal District (Article III) Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He joined the court in 1981, after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan.


A native of Ashland, KY, Wilhoit graduated from the University of Kentucky Law School with his J.D. degree in 1960.[1]

Professional career

Wilhoit started his legal career being a private practice, attorney in Grayson, KY from 1960 to 1981. Also, Wilhoit has served in addition to his private practice work as a City Attorney for Grayson, KY from 1962 to 1966 and a County Attorney for Carter County from 1966 to 1970.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Kentucky

On the recommendation of Congressman Gene Snyder, Wilhoit was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on August 11, 1981, to a seat vacated by David Hermansdorfer. Wilhoit was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 25, 1981, on a voice vote and received commission on September 28, 1981. Wilhoit served as chief judge from 1998 to 2000, before assuming senior status on December 31, 2000.[1] Wilhoit was succeeded in this position by Karen Caldwell.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
David Hermansdorfer
Eastern District of Kentucky
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Karen Caldwell

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