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James Winchester

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James Winchester
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Service:
Appointed by:   John Adams
Active:   12/10/1799 - 4/5/1806
Preceded by:   William Paca
Succeeded by:   James Houston
Personal History
Born:   September 13, 1772
Hometown:   Shawan, MD
Deceased:   April 5, 1806

This page is about a former federal judge for the District of Maryland. If you are looking for information on the Oklahoma Supreme Court justice, please see James R. Winchester.


James Winchester was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. He was nominated by President John Adams on December 8, 1799 to a seat vacated by William Paca. He was confirmed by the Senate on December 10, 1799, and received commission that same day. He served until his death on April 5, 1806.[1] Winchester was succeeded in this position by James Houston.

Professional career

  • Delegate, Maryland General Assembly[1]

Judicial career

District of Maryland

Winchester was nominated by President John Adams on December 8, 1799 to a seat vacated by William Paca. He was confirmed by the Senate on December 10, 1799, and received commission that same day. He served until his death on April 5, 1806.[1] Winchester was succeeded in this position by James Houston.

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Winchester received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.24, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.33 that justices received in Oklahoma. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
William Paca
District of Maryland
1799–1806
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
James Houston