John R. Gibson

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John Gibson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
In office
March 9, 1982 – January 1, 1994
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Floyd Gibson
Succeeded by Diana Murphy
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
In office
September 19, 1981 – March 9, 1982
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Elmo Hunter
Succeeded by Ross Roberts
Personal details
Born (1925-12-20)December 20, 1925
Springfield, Missouri, U.S.
Died April 19, 2014(2014-04-19) (aged 88)
Reading, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater University of Missouri, Columbia

John Robert Gibson (December 20, 1925 – April 19, 2014) was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Springfield, Missouri, Gibson was a sergeant in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946. He received an A.B. in 1949 from the University of Missouri, followed by a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1952. [1] He was in private practice of law in Kansas City, Missouri from 1952 to 1981.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Gibson was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1981, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri vacated by Elmo B. Hunter. Confirmed by the United States Senate on September 16, 1981, Gibson received his commission three days later. His service was terminated on March 30, 1982, due to appointment to another judicial position.

On February 2, 1982, Gibson was nominated by Reagan to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit that had been vacated by Judge Floyd Robert Gibson, who had assumed senior status. President Jimmy Carter previously had nominated Howard F. Sachs to the seat, but Sachs' nomination was not acted upon by the U.S. Senate before Carter's presidency ended, and Reagan chose not to renominate Sachs. Reagan initially had brought forth the name of Hallmark Cards associate general counsel Judith Whittaker (born June 12, 1938) as a nominee to replace Floyd Gibson. However, after it emerged that Whittaker had supported the Equal Rights Amendment, conservatives opposing her nomination launched a letter-writing campaign objecting to her nomination, and Whittaker eventually withdrew her name from consideration.[2][3]

On March 4, 1982, the Senate confirmed John R. Gibson, and he received his commission on March 9, 1982.[1]

Gibson assumed senior status on January 1, 1994[1] and died on April 19, 2014.[4]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Elmo Hunter
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
1981–1982
Succeeded by
Ross Roberts
Preceded by
Floyd Gibson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
1982–1994
Succeeded by
Diana Murphy