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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida|
|Appointed by:||Gerald Ford|
|Active:||5/14/1975 - 5/31/1996|
|Chief:||1981 - 1993|
|Senior:||5/31/1996 - Present|
|Preceded by:||David Middlebrooks|
|Succeeded by:||Robert Hinkle|
|Bachelors:||Temple University, B.A., 1953|
|Law School:||Temple University, J.D., 1956|
William Henry Stafford, Jr. is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. He joined the court in 1975 after being nominated by President Gerald Ford. Stafford is serving on senior status.
Early life and education
A native of Ohio, Stafford graduated from Temple University with his Bachelor's Degree in 1953 and with his juris doctorate degree in 1956. Stafford served as a US Navy Lieutenant on active duty from 1956 to 1960.
Stafford started his legal career as a private practice in the State of Florida from 1961 to 1969 and also served as a part-time Assistant city attorney for the City of Pensacola in 1963. In 1967, Stafford was appointed a part-time State's attorney in Florida's First Judicial Circuit until 1969. In 1969, Stafford was nominated by President Richard Nixon as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida and served in that role until his appointment to the federal bench in 1975.
Northern District of Florida
Stafford was nominated by President Gerald Ford on April 18, 1975 to a seat vacated by David Middlebrooks as Middlebrooks went on senior status. Stafford was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 12, 1975 on a senate vote and received commission on May 14, 1975. Stafford served as chief judge of the court as the lead administrative officer from 1981 to 1993. Stafford assumed senior status on May 31, 1996. Stafford was succeeded in this position by Robert Hinkle.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Northern District of Florida
|Magistrate judges||Charles Kahn • Gary Jones • Larry Bodiford • Gordon M. Davis • Elizabeth Timothy •|
|Former Article III judges||
George Young • Isaac Hopkins Bronson • McQueen McIntosh • Philip Fraser • Thomas Settle • Charles Swayne • William Bostwick Sheppard • Augustus Long • Winston Arnow • George Carswell • Curtis Waller • George Whitehurst • Lynn Higby • David Middlebrooks • Dozier DeVane •
|Former Chief judges|
Ackerman • Anderson • Aronovitz • Broderick • Callister • Cohill • Copenhaver • Crowley • Davis • Fay • Goettel • Guy • Haight • Hall • Hill • Ingram • Manos • Munson • Poole • Pratt • Richey • Schwartz • Schwarzer • Sear • Sterling • Takasugi • Waters • Williams •Wood