List of federal judges appointed by William Howard Taft

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President William Howard Taft.
Taft picked Edward Douglass White to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Willis Van Devanter was the longest-serving of Taft's five Supreme Court appointees.

Following is a list of all United States federal judges appointed by President William Howard Taft during his presidency.[1] In total Taft appointed 57 federal judges, including five Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States and the elevation of another to Chief Justice, thirteen judges to the United States Courts of Appeals, and 38 judges to the United States district courts. Taft also appointed judges to various specialty courts, including the first five appointees each to the United States Commerce Court and the United States Court of Customs Appeals. The Commerce Court was abolished in 1913; Taft was thus the only President to appoint judges to that body.

United States Supreme Court Justices[edit]

Justice Seat State Began active
service
Ended active
service
Ended senior
status
Hughes, Charles EvansCharles Evans Hughes Seat 6 New York May 2, 1910[2] June 10, 1916
Lamar, Joseph RuckerJoseph Rucker Lamar Seat 3 Georgia December 17, 1910 January 2, 1916
Lurton, Horace HarmonHorace Harmon Lurton Seat 1 Tennessee December 20, 1909 July 12, 1914
Pitney, MahlonMahlon Pitney Seat 8 New Jersey March 13, 1912 December 31, 1922
Van Devanter, WillisWillis Van Devanter Seat 4 Wyoming December 16, 1910 June 2, 1937 February 8, 1941
White, Edward DouglassEdward Douglass White Chief Justice Louisiana December 12, 1910[3] May 19, 1921

Courts of Appeals[edit]

Judge Circuit Began active
service
Ended active
service
Ended senior
status
Archbald, Robert W.Robert W. Archbald Third January 31, 1911 January 13, 1913[4]
Carland, John EmmettJohn Emmett Carland Eighth January 31, 1911 November 11, 1922
Denison, Arthur CarterArthur Carter Denison Sixth March 2, 1911 December 31, 1931
Dodge, FredericFrederic Dodge First July 23, 1912 June 30, 1918
Hunt, William HenryWilliam Henry Hunt Ninth February 8, 1911 January 31, 1928 November 30, 1928
Knapp, Martin A.Martin A. Knapp Second December 20, 1910 February 10, 1923[5]
Knappen, Loyal EdwinLoyal Edwin Knappen Sixth January 31, 1910 April 15, 1924 May 14, 1930
Lanning, William M.William M. Lanning Third May 18, 1909 February 16, 1912
Mack, JulianJulian Mack Seventh January 31, 1911 September 6, 1940[6]
McPherson, John BayardJohn Bayard McPherson Third April 3, 1912 January 20, 1919
Schofield, WilliamWilliam Schofield First June 6, 1911 June 10, 1912
Smith, Walter I.Walter I. Smith Eighth January 31, 1911 January 27, 1922
Warrington, John WesleyJohn Wesley Warrington Sixth March 16, 1909 October 6, 1919 May 26, 1921

District courts[edit]

Judge Court
[Note 1]
Began active
service
Ended active
service
Ended senior
status
Angell, Alexis CaswellAlexis Caswell Angell E.D. Mich. March 2, 1911 June 1, 1912
Bean, Robert S.Robert S. Bean D. Or. April 28, 1909 January 7, 1931
Bourquin, George M.George M. Bourquin D. Mont. March 8, 1912 March 9, 1934 November 15, 1958
Carpenter, George AlbertGeorge Albert Carpenter N.D. Ill. January 11, 1910 June 30, 1933
Cheney, John MosesJohn Moses Cheney S.D. Fla. August 26, 1912[7] March 3, 1913
Connor, Henry G.Henry G. Connor E.D.N.C. May 25, 1909 November 23, 1924
Cushman, Edward E.Edward E. Cushman W.D. Wash. May 1, 1912 November 3, 1939 January 25, 1944
Day, William LouisWilliam Louis Day N.D. Ohio May 9, 1911 May 1, 1914
Denison, Arthur CarterArthur Carter Denison W.D. Mich. January 31, 1910 October 3, 1911
Donworth, GeorgeGeorge Donworth W.D. Wash. May 18, 1909 March 20, 1912
Elliott, James DouglasJames Douglas Elliott D.S.D. June 7, 1911 January 30, 1933
Geiger, Ferdinand AugustFerdinand August Geiger E.D. Wis. March 20, 1912 May 22, 1939
Grubb, William IrwinWilliam Irwin Grubb N.D. Ala. May 18, 1909 October 27, 1935
Hand, LearnedLearned Hand S.D.N.Y. April 26, 1909 December 29, 1924
Hollister, Howard ClarkHoward Clark Hollister S.D. Ohio March 7, 1910 September 24, 1919
Howard, Clinton WoodburyClinton Woodbury Howard W.D. Wash. August 26, 1912[8] March 3, 1913
Hundley, Oscar RichardOscar Richard Hundley N.D. Ala. March 6, 1909[9] May 25, 1909
Killits, John MiltonJohn Milton Killits N.D. Ohio June 24, 1910 October 6, 1928 September 13, 1938
Mayer, Julius MarshuetzJulius Marshuetz Mayer S.D.N.Y. February 26, 1912 October 13, 1921
Morton, Jr., James MadisonJames Madison Morton, Jr. D. Mass. August 12, 1912 January 19, 1932
Orr, Charles PrentissCharles Prentiss Orr W.D. Pa. April 8, 1909 May 16, 1922
Pope, William HayesWilliam Hayes Pope D.N.M. February 20, 1912 September 13, 1916
Purdy, Milton DwightMilton Dwight Purdy D. Minn. March 6, 1909[10] May 1, 1909
Rasch, Carl L.Carl L. Rasch D. Mont. May 2, 1910 October 15, 1911
Rellstab, JohnJohn Rellstab D.N.J. May 18, 1909 October 10, 1928 September 22, 1930
Rose, John CarterJohn Carter Rose D. Md. April 4, 1910 December 26, 1922
Rudkin, Frank H.Frank H. Rudkin E.D. Wash. January 31, 1911 January 17, 1923
Russell, Gordon J.Gordon J. Russell E.D. Tex. June 6, 1910 September 14, 1919
Sessions, Clarence W.Clarence W. Sessions W.D. Mich. March 2, 1911 April 1, 1931
Sloan, Richard ElihuRichard Elihu Sloan D. Ariz. August 26, 1912[10] March 3, 1913
Smith, Henry Augustus MiddletonHenry Augustus Middleton Smith D.S.C. June 7, 1911 March 3, 1915[11]
Thompson, Joseph WhitakerJoseph Whitaker Thompson E.D. Pa. July 16, 1912 February 3, 1931
Tuttle, Arthur J.Arthur J. Tuttle E.D. Mich. August 6, 1912 December 2, 1944
Van Valkenburgh, Arba SeymourArba Seymour Van Valkenburgh W.D. Mo. June 21, 1910 March 18, 1925
Veeder, Van VechtenVan Vechten Veeder E.D.N.Y. January 26, 1911 December 31, 1917
Willard, Charles AndrewCharles Andrew Willard D. Minn. May 18, 1909 March 13, 1914
Witmer, Charles B.Charles B. Witmer M.D. Pa. March 2, 1911 April 7, 1925
Youmans, Frank A.Frank A. Youmans W.D. Ark. June 20, 1911 April 11, 1932

Specialty courts[edit]

United States Commerce Court[edit]

Judge Began active
service
Ended active
service
Archbald, Robert WodrowRobert Wodrow Archbald 1911 January 13, 1913[4]
Carland, John EmmettJohn Emmett Carland 1911 December 13, 1913
Hunt, William HenryWilliam Henry Hunt 1911 December 13, 1913
Knapp, Martin AugustineMartin Augustine Knapp 1910 December 13, 1913
Mack, Julian WilliamJulian William Mack 1911 December 13, 1913

United States Court of Customs Appeals[edit]

Judge Began active
service
Ended active
service
Barber, Orion MetcalfOrion Metcalf Barber 1910 1930
De Vries, MarionMarion De Vries 1910 1922
Martin, George EwingGeorge Ewing Martin 1911 1924
Montgomery, Robert MorrisRobert Morris Montgomery 1910 1920
Smith, James FrancisJames Francis Smith 1910 1928

United States Customs Court[edit]

Judge Began active
service
Ended active
service
Cooper, Samuel BronsonSamuel Bronson Cooper 1910 1918

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. ^ Hughes resigned from the Court to run for the office of President of the United States, unsuccessfully. He was later reappointed as Chief Justice by President Herbert Hoover.
  3. ^ White had previously been appointed as an Associate Justice by President Grover Cleveland on March 12, 1894.
  4. ^ a b Impeached and removed from office by the United States Congress.
  5. ^ Reassigned to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on January 1, 1916.
  6. ^ Reassigned to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on June 30, 1929.
  7. ^ Recess appointment; the United States Senate later rejected the appointment.
  8. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 3, 1912, but not confirmed by the United States Senate.
  9. ^ Recess appointment; resigned with no formal nomination having been submitted. Hundley had previously been appointed by recess appointment twice by Taft's predecessor, Theodore Roosevelt, and both times his nomination was not confirmed by the United States Senate.
  10. ^ a b Recess appointment; the United States Senate later rejected the appointment.
  11. ^ On January 1, 1912, Smith was reassigned by operation of law to the United States District Court for the Western District of South Carolina.

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