James Parsons

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James Parsons
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Title:   Former Federal Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Service:
Appointed by:   John F. Kennedy
Active:   8/30/1961 - 8/30/1981
Chief:   1975 - 1981
Senior:   8/30/1981 - 6/19/1993
Preceded by:   Philip Leo Sullivan
Succeeded by:   Paul Plunkett
Personal History
Born:   August 13, 1911
Hometown:   Kansas City, MO
Deceased:   June 19, 1993
Undergraduate:   Millikin U., B.A., 1934
Law School:   University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1949
Grad. School:   U. of Chicago, M.A., 1946
Military service:   U.S. Navy 1942 - 1945

James Benton Parsons (1911-1993) was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Parsons was nominated by President John F. Kennedy on August 10, 1961, to a seat vacated by Philip Leo Sullivan; he was confirmed by the Senate on August 30, 1961, and received his commission that same day. From 1975-1981, he served as the chief judge. He assumed senior status on August 30, 1981. He served the Northern District of Illinois until his death on June 19, 1993.[1] Parsons was succeeded in this position by Paul Plunkett.

Parsons became the first African American to serve a federal district court when he was appointed in 1961.[2]

Early life and education

  • Millikin University, B.A., 1934
  • University of Chicago, M.A., 1946
  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1949[1]

Professional career

  • U.S. Naval Reserve, 1942-1945
  • Private practice, Chicago, Illinois, 1949-1951
  • Assistant corporation counsel, Chicago, Illinois, 1949-1951
  • Assistant U.S. attorney, Northern District of Illinois, 1951-1960
  • Judge, Superior Court of Cook County, Illinois, 1960-1961[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Illinois

Parsons was nominated by President John F. Kennedy on August 10, 1961, to a seat vacated by Philip Leo Sullivan; he was confirmed by the Senate on August 30, 1961, and received his commission that same day. From 1975-1981, he served as the chief judge. He assumed senior status on August 30, 1981. He served the Northern District of Illinois until his death on June 19, 1993.[1] Parsons was succeeded in this position by Paul Plunkett.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Philip Leo Sullivan
Northern District of Illinois
1961–1981
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
Paul Plunkett