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Thomas Meskill

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Thomas Meskill
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Station:   New York, NY
Appointed by:   Gerald Ford
Active:   4/23/1975 - 6/30/1993
Chief:   1992-1993
Senior:   6/30/1993 - 10/29/2007
Preceded by:   John Joseph Smith
Succeeded by:   Guido Calabresi
Personal History
Born:   January 30, 1928
Hometown:   New Britain, CT
Deceased:   October 29, 2007
Undergraduate:   Trinity College, B.S., 1950
Law School:   University of Connecticut Law, J.D., 1956
Military service:   U.S. Air Force, 1950-1953
Thomas Joseph Meskill (1928-2007) was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He joined the court in 1975 after an appointment by Gerald Ford. At the time of appointment, he was the Governor of Connecticut. He served as Chief Judge from 1992-1993. He assumed senior status on June 30, 1993 and served until his death on October 29, 2007.[1]

Early life and education

  • New York University School of Law
  • Trinity College, Hartford, CT, B.S., 1950
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1956[1]

Military career

Meskill served in the U.S. Air Force as a First Lieutenant from 1950-1953.[1]

Professional career

  • Private practice, New Britain, Connecticut, 1956-1960
  • Assistant corporation counsel, New Britain, Connecticut, 1960-1962
  • Mayor, New Britain, Connecticut, 1962-1964
  • Corporation counsel, New Britain, Connecticut, 1965-1966
  • U.S. Representative from Connecticut, 1967-1971
  • State Governor, Connecticut, 1971-1975[1]

Judicial career

Second Circuit

Meskill was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by Gerald Ford on January 16, 1975, to a seat vacated by John Joseph Smith. He was confirmed by the Senate on April 22, 1975, and received his commission on April 23, 1975. He served as chief judge from 1992-1993. Meskill assumed senior status on June 30, 1993 and passed away on October 29, 2007.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Guido Calabresi.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Joseph Smith
Second Circuit
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Guido Calabresi