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James Earl Major

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James Earl Major
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Title:   Former Judge
Appointed by:   Louis FitzHenry
Active:   3/23/1937 - 3/23/1956
Chief:   1948-1954
Senior:   3/23/1956 - 4/4/1972
Preceded by:   Louis FitzHenry
Past post:   Southern District of Illinois
Past term:   1934-1937
Past position:   Seat #1
Personal History
Born:   1887
Deceased:   4/4/1972
Law School:   Read law 1910

James Earl Major (1887-1972) was a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Early life and education

Professional career

  • Private practice, Hillsboro, Illinois, 1910-1912
  • State's attorney, Montgomery County, Illinois, 1912-1920
  • U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1923-1925, 1927-1933[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Illinois

James Major was previously a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

He received a recess appointment from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on June 12, 1933 to replace Louis FitzHenry. On January 8, 1934, he was nominated. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 23rd, and received commission on January 26th. He served on this court until his April 5, 1937, when he was appointed to the Seventh Circuit.[1]

Seventh Circuit

He was nominated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on March 9, 1937 to replace Louis FitzHenry. He was confirmed by the Senate on March 17th, and received commission on March 23rd. From 1948 to 1954, he was the chief judge. On March 23, 1956, he assumed senior status and continued to serve in this capacity until his death on January 4, 1972.[1]

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Preceded by:
Louis FitzHenry
Southern District of Illinois
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
Jackson Adair
Preceded by:
Louis FitzHenry
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by: