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This is the page about the former federal judge for the Eighth Circuit. If you are looking for information about a judge with a similar name, please see John Kelly.

John David Kelly (1934 - 1998) was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He was nominated by President Bill Clinton on January 27, 1998 to a seat vacated by Frank Magill. Kelly was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 31, 1998, and received commission on August 3, 1998.

Judge Kelly's service on the court was terminated on October 21, 1998 when he died.[1]


  • St. John`s University, A.B., 1956
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1959[1]

Professional career

  • Attorney, Office of General Counsel, Pentagon, 1959-1962
  • Private practice, Fargo, ND, 1962-1998[1]


Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Frank Magill
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Kermit Bye