Marion De Vries

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Marion De Vries
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Customs Appeals
In office
June 28, 1921 – October 31, 1922
Appointed by Warren G. Harding
Preceded by Robert Morris Montgomery
Succeeded by George Ewing Martin
Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs Appeals
In office
March 30, 1910 – June 28, 1921
Appointed by Warren G. Harding
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Oscar Edward Bland
President of the Board of General Appraisers
In office
1906–1910
Member of the Board of General Appraisers
In office
June 9, 1900 – April 2, 1910
Appointed by William McKinley
Preceded by Joseph Biddle Wilkinson, Jr.
Succeeded by Samuel B. Cooper
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1897 – August 20, 1900
Preceded by Grove L. Johnson
Succeeded by Samuel D. Woods
Personal details
Born (1865-08-15)August 15, 1865
Woodbridge, California
Died September 11, 1939(1939-09-11) (aged 74)
Woodbridge, California
Political party Democratic
Alma mater San Joaquin Valley College Ph.B.
University of Michigan LL.B.
Profession Judge

Marion De Vries (August 15, 1865 – September 11, 1939) was a United States Representative from California, a Member of the Board of General Appraisers and a Judge for the United States Court of Customs Appeals.

Biography[edit]

De Vries was born on a ranch near Woodbridge, San Joaquin County, California. He attended the public schools and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the San Joaquin Valley College, Woodbridge, California in 1886 and received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1888. He was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Stockton, California in 1889. He was the assistant district attorney of San Joaquin County from January 1893 to February 1897 when he resigned, having been elected to Congress.[1][2]

Congressional Service[edit]

De Vries was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, to August 20, 1900 when he resigned to accept a court position.[3]

Federal Judicial Service[edit]

On June 9, 1900, President McKinley appointed De Vries to the Board of General Appraisers via a recess appointment. On December 5, 1900, President McKinley nominated De Vries to the same seat, which had been vacated by Joseph Biddle Wilkinson, Jr. He was confirmed by the Senate on December 10, 1900. He served as President of the Board from 1906 to 1910. He served on the board until April 2, 1910 and was succeeded by Samuel B. Cooper. On March 9, 1910, President Taft nominated De Vries to serve as an associate judge for the United States Court of Customs Appeals, to a new seat. He was confirmed by the Senate on March 30, 1910, and received his commission the same day. He served in that capacity on the court until June 28, 1921, and was succeeded by Judge Oscar Edward Bland. On June 23, 1921, President Harding nominated De Vries to serve as Chief Judge for the United States Court of Customs Appeals, to the seat vacated by Judge Robert Morris Montgomery. He was confirmed by the Senate on June 28, 1921 and received his commission the same day. He served in that capacity until his resignation on October 31, 1922. He was succeeded by Judge George Ewing Martin.[4]

Later career and death[edit]

De Vries partnered a law firm with George Roscoe Davis. He reengaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C., and New York City, until 1939, when he retired to his ranch near Woodbridge, California where he died on September 11, 1939. He was buried in the family plot on the De Vries Ranch, a San Joaquin County designated historical site.[5][6]

References[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Grove L. Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 2nd congressional district

1897-1900
Succeeded by
Samuel D. Woods