Jean Galloway Bissell
Jean Galloway Bissell (June 9, 1936 – February 4, 1990) was a South Carolina attorney who became a high-ranking bank executive, and later a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Early life and education
Bissell worked in private legal practice in Greenville, South Carolina from 1958 until 1971 and then in Columbia, South Carolina until 1976. She worked as an executive at South Carolina National Bank in Columbia, South Carolina from 1976 until 1984, rising to become the highest-ranking female executive among the 100 largest bank holding companies in the United States.
Federal judicial service
On May 24, 1984, Bissell was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a newly created seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Reagan previously had nominated United States Department of Commerce official Sherman Unger to the seat in 1982, but Unger's nomination drew significant opposition and never was voted upon because Unger became afflicted with terminal cancer and died in late 1983. Bissell was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 8, 1984, and received her commission on June 11, 1984. With her confirmation, she became the first female South Carolina lawyer to become a federal judge. She served on the court until her death.