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Walter Cummings

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Walter Cummings
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Title:   Former Judge
Appointed by:   Lyndon Johnson
Active:   8/11/1966 - 4/24/1999
Chief:   1981-1986
Succeeded by:   Ann Williams
Personal History
Born:   1916
Deceased:   4/24/1999
Undergraduate:   Yale '37
Law School:   Harvard Law '40

Walter Joseph Cummings (1916-1999) was a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.[1]

Cummings was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson on July 11, 1966, to a new seat created by 80 Stat. 75; he was confirmed by the Senate on August 10, 1966, and received commission the next day. He served as chief judge from 1981-1986. He served until his death on April 24, 1999.[1]


  • Yale University, B.A., 1937
  • Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1940[1]

Professional career

  • Assistant U.S. solicitor general and special assistant U.S. attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 1940-1946
  • Private practice, Chicago, Illinois, 1946-1966
  • Solicitor General of the United States, 1952-1953[1]


Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Ann Williams