John Lowell (judge, 1865–1884)

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John Lowell
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Born (1824-10-18)October 18, 1824
Died May 14, 1897(1897-05-14) (aged 72)

John Lowell (October 18, 1824 – May 14, 1897) was a United States federal judge from Boston, Massachusetts. He was appointed to separate judgeships by Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Rutherford B. Hayes.


Boston-born Lowell was the son of John Amory Lowell (1798–1881), the philanthropist, and his wife Susan Cabot Lowell (1801–1827). His parents were first cousins, both having as their paternal grandfather, Judge John Lowell (1743–1802).


Portrait of Lowell by William Morris Hunt, 1872

Lowell received an A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1843, and received an LL.B. degree from there in 1845. He was in private practice in Boston from 1846 to 1865, also working as an editor of the Monthly Law Reporter from 1856 to 1860. On March 11, 1865, Lowell was nominated by President Abraham Lincoln to a seat on the U.S. District Court vacated by Peleg Sprague. Lowell was confirmed by the United States Senate on the same day, and immediately received his commission. On December 16, 1878 he was nominated by President Rutherford B. Hayes to the U.S. Circuit Court to a seat vacated by George Foster Shepley. The Senate confirmed Lowell, and his commission issued, on December 18, 1878. Lowell resigned on May 1, 1884, returning to private practice in Boston until his death in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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