List of federal judges appointed by Harry S. Truman

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Harry S. Truman
David L. Bazelon of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was Truman's longest-serving appellate appointee, with over 40 years of service.
William H. Hastie was the first African American appointed to a United States Court of Appeals, the Third Circuit.

Following is a list of all United States federal judges appointed by President Harry S. Truman during his presidency.[1] In total Truman appointed four Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States (including one Chief Justice), 27 judges to the United States Courts of Appeals, and 101 judges to the United States district courts.

United States Supreme Court Justices[edit]

Justice Seat State Began active
service
Ended active
service
Ended senior
status
Harold Hitz Burton Seat 8 Ohio September 22, 1945 October 13, 1958 October 28, 1964
Tom C. Clark Seat 10 Texas August 19, 1949 June 12, 1967 June 13, 1977
Sherman Minton Seat 1 Indiana October 5, 1949 October 15, 1956 April 9, 1965
Fred M. Vinson Chief Justice Kentucky June 21, 1946 September 8, 1953

Courts of Appeals[edit]

Judge Circuit Began active
service
Ended active
service
Ended senior
status
Bazelon, David L.David L. Bazelon D.C. Cir. October 21, 1949[2] June 30, 1979 February 19, 1993
Borah, Wayne G.Wayne G. Borah Fifth October 21, 1949 December 31, 1956 February 6, 1966
Clark, Bennett ChampBennett Champ Clark D.C. Cir. September 28, 1945 July 13, 1954
Collet, John CaskieJohn Caskie Collet Eighth July 9, 1947 December 5, 1955
Duffy, F. RyanF. Ryan Duffy Seventh February 2, 1949 June 30, 1966 August 16, 1979
Fahy, Charles H.Charles H. Fahy D.C. Cir. October 21, 1949[3] April 17, 1967 September 17, 1979
Finnegan, Philip J.Philip J. Finnegan Seventh May 5, 1949 January 4, 1959
Hartigan, John PatrickJohn Patrick Hartigan First January 3, 1951 March 31, 1965 August 10, 1968
Hastie, William H.William H. Hastie Third October 21, 1949[4] May 31, 1971 April 14, 1976
Kalodner, Harry EllisHarry Ellis Kalodner Third July 27, 1946 October 3, 1969 March 15, 1977
Lindley, Walter C.Walter C. Lindley Seventh October 13, 1949 January 3, 1958
Medina, HaroldHarold Medina Second June 23, 1951 March 1, 1958 February 22, 1980
Miller, Jr., ShackelfordShackelford Miller, Jr. Sixth December 11, 1945 November 1, 1965 November 24, 1965
Miller, Wilbur KingsburyWilbur Kingsbury Miller D.C. Cir. September 28, 1945 October 15, 1964 January 24, 1976
O'Connell, John JosephJohn Joseph O'Connell Third October 11, 1945 December 16, 1949
Orr, William EdwinWilliam Edwin Orr Ninth September 28, 1945 January 1, 1956 October 7, 1965
Pickett, John ColemanJohn Coleman Pickett Tenth October 13, 1949 January 1, 1966 September 1, 1983
Pope, Walter LyndonWalter Lyndon Pope Ninth March 1, 1949 April 1, 1961 March 27, 1969
Prettyman, E. BarrettE. Barrett Prettyman D.C. Cir. September 28, 1945 April 16, 1962 August 4, 1971
Proctor, James McPhersonJames McPherson Proctor D.C. Cir. March 5, 1948 September 17, 1953
Rives, RichardRichard Rives Fifth May 3, 1951 February 15, 1966 October 27, 1982[5]
Russell, Robert LeeRobert Lee Russell Fifth October 21, 1949 January 18, 1955
Staley, Austin LeanderAustin Leander Staley Third July 5, 1950 December 31, 1967 August 3, 1978
Strum, Louie WillardLouie Willard Strum Fifth September 26, 1950 July 26, 1954
Swaim, Hardress NathanielHardress Nathaniel Swaim Seventh October 21, 1949[6] July 30, 1957
Washington, George ThomasGeorge Thomas Washington D.C. Cir. October 21, 1949[7] November 10, 1965 August 21, 1971

District courts[edit]

Judge Court
[Note 1]
Began active
service
Ended active
service
Ended senior
status
Allred, JamesJames Allred S.D. Tex. October 13, 1949 September 24, 1959[8]
Andrews, Maurice NeilMaurice Neil Andrews N.D. Ga. October 21, 1949[9] January 5, 1950
Bastian, Walter MaximillianWalter Maximillian Bastian D.D.C. October 23, 1950[10] December 15, 1954
Bryan, Albert VickersAlbert Vickers Bryan E.D. Va. June 5, 1947 August 23, 1961
Burns, Owen McIntoshOwen McIntosh Burns W.D. Pa. October 21, 1949[11] October 26, 1952
Byrne, Sr., William MatthewWilliam Matthew Byrne, Sr. S.D. Cal. September 27, 1950[12] June 30, 1966 March 9, 1974[13]
Carter, James MarshallJames Marshall Carter S.D. Cal. October 18, 1949 December 1, 1967
Carter, Oliver JesseOliver Jesse Carter N.D. Cal. September 27, 1950[14] April 7, 1976 June 14, 1976
Christenberry, Herbert WilliamHerbert William Christenberry E.D. La. December 20, 1947 October 5, 1975
Clary, Thomas JamesThomas James Clary E.D. Pa. October 21, 1949[11] March 1, 1969 August 1, 1977
Clifford, Jr., John DavidJohn David Clifford, Jr. D. Me. March 24, 1947 November 18, 1956
Conger, Abraham BenjaminAbraham Benjamin Conger M.D. Ga. June 6, 1949 December 9, 1953
Connally, Ben ClarksonBen Clarkson Connally S.D. Tex. October 13, 1949 December 28, 1974 December 2, 1975
Curran, Edward MatthewEdward Matthew Curran D.D.C. October 16, 1946[15] April 2, 1971 January 10, 1988
Edward Jordan Dimock S.D.N.Y. July 11, 1951 July 28, 1961 March 17, 1986
Donovan, Dennis FrancisDennis Francis Donovan D. Minn. July 18, 1945 December 31, 1965 September 16, 1974
Dooley, Joseph BrannonJoseph Brannon Dooley N.D. Tex. July 9, 1947 October 1, 1966 January 19, 1967
Driver, Samuel MarionSamuel Marion Driver E.D. Wash. April 13, 1946 September 12, 1958
Edelstein, David NortonDavid Norton Edelstein S.D.N.Y. November 1, 1951[16] November 1, 1994 August 19, 2000
Erskine, Herbert WilsonHerbert Wilson Erskine N.D. Cal. March 1, 1949 March 18, 1951
Foley, James ThomasJames Thomas Foley N.D.N.Y. February 2, 1949 June 30, 1980 August 17, 1990
Follmer, Frederick VorisFrederick Voris Follmer E.D. Pa.
M.D. Pa.
W.D. Pa.
August 7, 1946 December 30, 1967[17] May 3, 1971
Friedman, Monroe MarkMonroe Mark Friedman N.D. Cal. July 17, 1952[18] July 24, 1953
Gibson, Jr., Ernest W.Ernest W. Gibson, Jr. D. Vt. October 18, 1949 November 4, 1969
Gilliam, DonnellDonnell Gilliam E.D.N.C. May 18, 1945 March 16, 1959 March 6, 1960
Gourley, Wallace SamuelWallace Samuel Gourley W.D. Pa. November 29, 1945 August 4, 1969 September 23, 1976
Grim, Allan KuhnAllan Kuhn Grim E.D. Pa. October 21, 1949[3] November 1, 1961 December 7, 1965
Harper, Roy WinfieldRoy Winfield Harper[19] W.D. Mo.
E.D. Mo.
August 7, 1947[20]
December 20, 1947[20]
June 22, 1948[21]
January 5, 1971
June 22, 1948
January 5, 1971
February 13, 1994
Harris, George BernardGeorge Bernard Harris N.D. Cal. July 9, 1946 July 31, 1970 October 18, 1983
Hartshorne, RichardRichard Hartshorne D.N.J. October 20, 1951 October 29, 1961 September 14, 1975
Hatch, CarlCarl Hatch D.N.M. January 21, 1949 April 5, 1963 September 15, 1963
Henderson, David EzekielDavid Ezekiel Henderson W.D.N.C. September 1, 1948[20] February 14, 1949
Hill, Delmas CarlDelmas Carl Hill D. Kan. October 21, 1949[11] September 28, 1961
Holtzoff, AlexanderAlexander Holtzoff D.D.C. September 28, 1945 December 31, 1967 September 6, 1969
Hooper, Frank ArthurFrank Arthur Hooper N.D. Ga. October 21, 1949[22] June 29, 1967 February 11, 1985
Kampf, Edward S.Edward S. Kampf N.D.N.Y. February 8, 1946 July 1, 1948
Kaufman, IrvingIrving Kaufman S.D.N.Y. October 21, 1949[3] September 22, 1961
Kaufman, Samuel H.Samuel H. Kaufman S.D.N.Y. June 22, 1948[21] July 31, 1955 May 5, 1960
Keech, Richmond BowlingRichmond Bowling Keech D.D.C. October 14, 1946[23] November 1, 1966 April 13, 1986
Kirkland, James RobertJames Robert Kirkland D.D.C. October 21, 1949[11] February 25, 1958
Knous, William LeeWilliam Lee Knous D. Colo. April 7, 1950 December 12, 1959
Koscinski, Arthur A.Arthur A. Koscinski E.D. Mich. July 18, 1945 April 30, 1957 November 21, 1957
Leahy, Edward L.Edward L. Leahy D.R.I. January 3, 1951 July 22, 1953
Lemmon, Dal MillingtonDal Millington Lemmon N.D. Cal. February 7, 1947 May 3, 1954
Levin, TheodoreTheodore Levin E.D. Mich. July 27, 1946 December 31, 1970
Lindberg, William JamesWilliam James Lindberg E.D. Wash.
W.D. Wash.
April 25, 1951 March 1, 1971[24] December 15, 1981
Lynne, Seybourn HarrisSeybourn Harris Lynne N.D. Ala. January 3, 1946 January 9, 1973 September 10, 2000
Madden, Thomas M.Thomas M. Madden D.N.J. October 25, 1945 January 1, 1968 March 29, 1976
Marsh, Jr., Rabe FergusonRabe Ferguson Marsh, Jr. W.D. Pa. June 8, 1950 January 31, 1977 April 19, 1993
Mathes, William CareyWilliam Carey Mathes S.D. Cal. October 17, 1945 June 9, 1965 July 24, 1967
Matthews, Burnita SheltonBurnita Shelton Matthews D.D.C. October 21, 1949[3] March 1, 1968 April 25, 1988
McCarthy, William T.William T. McCarthy D. Mass. February 2, 1949 May 31, 1960 April 6, 1964
McGohey, John F. X.John F. X. McGohey S.D.N.Y. October 21, 1949[11] March 17, 1970 July 7, 1972
McGranery, James P.James P. McGranery E.D. Pa. August 7, 1946 May 26, 1952
McLaughlin, Charles F.Charles F. McLaughlin D.D.C. October 21, 1949[25] December 31, 1964 February 5, 1976
McNamee, Charles JosephCharles Joseph McNamee N.D. Ohio March 9, 1951 May 2, 1964
Medina, HaroldHarold Medina S.D.N.Y. June 20, 1947 June 23, 1951
Mellott, Arthur JohnsonArthur Johnson Mellott D. Kan. November 29, 1945 December 29, 1957
Modarelli, Alfred EgidioAlfred Egidio Modarelli D.N.J. January 3, 1951 September 22, 1957
Murphy, Edward PrestonEdward Preston Murphy N.D. Cal. December 21, 1950 December 13, 1958
Murphy, John W.John W. Murphy M.D. Pa. May 27, 1946 March 28, 1962
Murphy, Thomas FrancisThomas Francis Murphy S.D.N.Y. July 2, 1951 December 3, 1970 October 26, 1995
Murray, William DanielWilliam Daniel Murray D. Mont. May 9, 1949 December 31, 1965 October 3, 1994
Noonan, Gregory FrancisGregory Francis Noonan S.D.N.Y. October 21, 1949[26] May 1, 1964
Perry, Joseph SamJoseph Sam Perry N.D. Ill. August 22, 1951 November 29, 1971 February 18, 1984
Platt, CasperCasper Platt E.D. Ill. October 13, 1949 September 16, 1965
Rayfiel, Leo F.Leo F. Rayfiel E.D.N.Y. July 30, 1947 March 4, 1966 November 18, 1978
Rice, Jr., Ben HerbertBen Herbert Rice, Jr. W.D. Tex. September 28, 1945 March 14, 1964
Riley, William F.William F. Riley S.D. Iowa December 27, 1950 December 29, 1956
Ritter, Willis WilliamWillis William Ritter D. Utah October 21, 1949[27] March 4, 1978
Rodney, Richard SeymourRichard Seymour Rodney D. Del. July 31, 1946 January 1, 1957 December 22, 1963
Ryan, Sylvester J.Sylvester J. Ryan S.D.N.Y. November 1, 1947[28] January 3, 1973 April 10, 1981
Scarlett, Francis MuirFrancis Muir Scarlett S.D. Ga. February 14, 1946 August 2, 1968 November 18, 1971
Sheehy, Joseph WarrenJoseph Warren Sheehy E.D. Tex. June 8, 1951 February 23, 1967
Shelbourne, Roy MahlonRoy Mahlon Shelbourne W.D. Ky. February 8, 1946 November 1, 1964 December 29, 1974
Simpson, John Milton BryanJohn Milton Bryan Simpson S.D. Fla. September 26, 1950 November 22, 1966[29]
Sloan, William BoydWilliam Boyd Sloan N.D. Ga. March 23, 1951 August 1, 1965 October 22, 1970
Solomon, Gus J.Gus J. Solomon D. Or. October 21, 1949[30] September 1, 1971 February 15, 1987
Speakman, Howard C.Howard C. Speakman D. Ariz. April 13, 1946 June 17, 1952
Starr, Raymond WesleyRaymond Wesley Starr W.D. Mich. July 25, 1946 August 15, 1961 November 2, 1968
Steckler, William ElwoodWilliam Elwood Steckler S.D. Ind. April 7, 1950 December 31, 1986 March 8, 1995
Stewart, William AlvahWilliam Alvah Stewart W.D. Pa. April 25, 1951 April 9, 1953
Sugarman, SidneySidney Sugarman S.D.N.Y. October 21, 1949[7] June 30, 1971 August 9, 1974
Switzer, Carroll O.Carroll O. Switzer S.D. Iowa October 21, 1949[31] August 9, 1950
Tamm, Edward AllenEdward Allen Tamm D.D.C. June 22, 1948[32] March 16, 1965
Taylor, Robert LoveRobert Love Taylor E.D. Tenn. November 2, 1949[11] January 15, 1984 July 11, 1987
Tehan, Robert EmmetRobert Emmet Tehan E.D. Wis. May 19, 1949 June 30, 1971 November 27, 1975
Thomas, Daniel HolcombeDaniel Holcombe Thomas S.D. Ala. March 9, 1951 August 25, 1971 April 13, 2000
Thomason, R. EwingR. Ewing Thomason W.D. Tex. June 5, 1947 June 1, 1963 November 8, 1973
Thornton, Thomas PatrickThomas Patrick Thornton E.D. Mich. February 2, 1949 February 15, 1966 July 1, 1985
Tolin, Ernest AllenErnest Allen Tolin S.D. Cal. October 30, 1951[33] June 11, 1961
Wallace, William RobertWilliam Robert Wallace W.D. Okla.
N.D. Okla.
E.D. Okla.
June 8, 1950 June 24, 1960
Walsh, James AugustineJames Augustine Walsh D. Ariz. July 7, 1952 July 9, 1976 May 2, 1991
Warlick, WilsonWilson Warlick W.D.N.C. February 2, 1949 June 24, 1968 January 30, 1978
Weinberger, JacobJacob Weinberger S.D. Cal. February 21, 1946 November 1, 1958 May 20, 1974
Weinfeld, EdwardEdward Weinfeld S.D.N.Y. August 5, 1950 January 17, 1988
Westover, Harry ClayHarry Clay Westover S.D. Cal. October 18, 1949 December 31, 1965 April 14, 1983
Whitehurst, George WilliamGeorge William Whitehurst S.D. Fla.
N.D. Fla.
February 23, 1950 June 30, 1961 January 13, 1974
Williams, Ashton HilliardAshton Hilliard Williams E.D.S.C. July 3, 1952 February 25, 1962
Wright, J. SkellyJ. Skelly Wright E.D. La. December 21, 1949[11] April 15, 1962
Youngdahl, LutherLuther Youngdahl D.D.C. August 29, 1951 May 29, 1966 June 21, 1978

Specialty courts[edit]

United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals[edit]

Judge Began active
service
Ended active
service
Cole, William PuringtonWilliam Purington Cole 1952 1957
Worley, Francis EugeneFrancis Eugene Worley 1950 1974
Johnson, Noble JacobNoble Jacob Johnson 1948 1968

United States Court of Claims[edit]

Judge Began active
service
Ended active
service
Howell, George EvanGeorge Evan Howell 1947 1953

United States Customs Court[edit]

Judge Began active
service
Ended active
service
Johnson, Jed JosephJed Joseph Johnson 1947 1963
Mollison, Irvin CharlesIrvin Charles Mollison 1945 1962
Rao, Paul PeterPaul Peter Rao 1948 1980[34]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ All information on the names, terms of service, and details of appointment of federal judges is derived from the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public-domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 8, 1950, and received commission on February 10, 1950.
  3. ^ a b c d Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on April 4, 1950, and received commission on April 7, 1950.
  4. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on July 19, 1950, and received commission on July 22, 1950.
  5. ^ Reassigned by operation of law to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on October 01, 1981.
  6. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 8, 1950, and received commission on February 10, 1950.
  7. ^ a b Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on April 28, 1950, and received commission on May 1, 1950.
  8. ^ Allred had earlier been appointed to a different seat on the same court by President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Allred resigned to seek elected office, and, unsuccessful in that endeavor, was later reappointed to the court by Truman.
  9. ^ Recess appointment; the United States Senate later rejected the appointment.
  10. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on November 27, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 14, 1950, and received commission on December 22, 1950.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 8, 1950, and received commission on March 9, 1950.
  12. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on November 27, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 13, 1950, and received commission on December 21, 1950.
  13. ^ Reassigned by operation of law to the United States District Court for the Central District of California on September 18, 1966.
  14. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on November 27, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 13, 1950, and received commission on December 21, 1950.
  15. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 8, 1947, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 3, 1947, and received commission on February 5, 1947.
  16. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 30, 1952, confirmed by the United States Senate on April 7, 1952, and received commission on April 8, 1952.
  17. ^ On June 1, 1955, Follmer was reassigned to only the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  18. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 9, 1953, but the United States Senate rejected the appointment.
  19. ^ Harper received three consecutive recess appointments to the same court; his formal nomination was rejected by the United States Senate the first two times, but after the third recess appointment, Harper was confirmed by the Senate.
  20. ^ a b c Recess appointment; the United States Senate later rejected the appointment.
  21. ^ a b Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 13, 1949, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 31, 1949, and received commission on February 2, 1949.
  22. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 21, 1950, and received commission on February 23, 1950.
  23. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 8, 1947, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 22, 1947, and received commission on January 24, 1947.
  24. ^ Reassigned to only the Western District after May 19, 1961.
  25. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 27, 1950, and received commission on March 1, 1950.
  26. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on April 25, 1950, and received commission on April 26, 1950.
  27. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on June 29, 1950, and received commission on July 7, 1950.
  28. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on November 24, 1947, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 18, 1947, and received commission on December 20, 1947.
  29. ^ Reassigned by operation of law to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida on October 29, 1962
  30. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on June 27, 1950, and received commission on July 5, 1950.
  31. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, but the United States Senate rejected the appointment.
  32. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 13, 1949, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 29, 1949, and received commission on April 1, 1949.
  33. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on March 3, 1952, confirmed by the United States Senate on June 10, 1952, and received commission on June 11, 1952.
  34. ^ Reassigned to the Court of International Trade when the Customs Court was dissolved, receiving his commission on November 1, 1980.

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