James Martin Fitzgerald

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This article is about the federal judge for the District of Alaska. If you are looking for information on the Pennsylvania Superior Court justice, please see James J. Fitzgerald.


James Martin Fitzgerald
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Alaska
Title:   Former Federal Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Service:
Appointed by:   Gerald Ford
Active:   12/20/1974 - 1/1/1989
Chief:   1984 - 1989
Senior:   1/1/1989 - 4/3/2011
Preceded by:   Raymond Plummer
Succeeded by:   James Singleton
Personal History
Born:   October 7, 1920
Hometown:   Portland, OR
Deceased:   April 3, 2011
Undergraduate:   Willamette U., B.A., 1950
Law School:   Willamette U. College of Law, LL.B., 1951
Military service:   U.S. Army 1940 - 1941 Private; U.S. Marine Corps 1942 - 1946 Sergeant



James Martin Fitzgerald (1920-2011) was a judge for the United States District Court for the District of Alaska. He was nominated by President Gerald Ford in 1974 and served the court until his death in 2011.[1]

Early life and education

  • Willamette University, B.A., 1950
  • Willamette University College of Law, LL.B., 1951[2]

Professional career

  • U.S. Army Private, 1940-1941
  • U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant, 1942-1946
  • Assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Alaska, 1952-1956
  • City attorney, Anchorage, Alaska, 1956-1959
  • Legal counsel to governor of Alaska, 1959
  • State commissioner of public safety, Alaska, 1959[2]

Judicial career

District of Alaska

Fitzgerald was an Alaska Superior Court judge for the Third District from 1959-1972. He served as Presiding Judge of that court from 1969-1972. From 1972-1975 he was a justice on the Alaska Supreme Court.

Fitzgerald was nominated to the federal District of Alaska by Gerald Ford on December 2, 1974, to a seat vacated by Raymond Plummer. Fitzgerald was confirmed by the Senate on December 18, 1974, and received his commission on December 20, 1974. He served as chief judge from 1984-1989 and assumed senior status on January 1, 1989. Fitzgerald continued serving the court in that capacity until his death on April 3, 2011.[2] Fitzgerald was succeeded in this position by James Singleton.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Raymond Plummer
District of Alaska
1974–1989
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
James Singleton


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