Philip Nichols, Jr.

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Philip Nichols, Jr.
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
In office
October 1, 1983 – January 26, 1990
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
In office
October 1, 1982 – October 1, 1983
Appointed by Assigned to court by operation of law
Preceded by Court created
Succeeded by Pauline Newman
Judge of the United States Court of Claims
In office
November 3, 1966 – October 1, 1982
Appointed by Lyndon B. Johnson
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Court abolished
Judge of the United States Customs Court
In office
September 15, 1964 – November 3, 1966
Appointed by Lyndon B. Johnson
Preceded by Irvin Charles Mollison
Succeeded by Herbert N. Maletz
Personal details
Born (1907-08-11)August 11, 1907
Boston, Massachusetts
Died January 26, 1990(1990-01-26) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C.
Alma mater Harvard University A.B.
Harvard Law School J.D.
Profession Judge

Philip Nichols, Jr. (August 11, 1907 – January 26, 1990) was a judge on the United States Court of Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Biography[edit]

Born in Boston, Massachusetts Nichols received an Artium Baccalaureus from Harvard University in 1929 and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1932. He was in private practice in Boston from 1932 to 1938. He was a special attorney of Lands Division, United States Department of Justice from 1938 to 1941, and then a special attorney of the Legal Division, U.S. War Production Board from 1942 to 1944. He was in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was an assistant general counsel to the United States Department of the Treasury from 1947 to 1951. He was a general counsel to the Renegotiation Board from 1951 to 1954. He returned to private practice in Washington, D.C. from 1954 to 1961. He was Commissioner of Customs for the Treasury Department from 1961 to 1964.

Federal Judicial Service[edit]

On June 16, 1964, President Johnson nominated Nichols to serve as a Judge of the United States Customs Court, to the seat vacated by Irvin Charles Mollison. He was confirmed by the Senate on September 15, 1964 and received his commission the same day. On October 6, 1966, President Johnson nominated Nichols to serve as a Judge for the United States Court of Claims to a new seat. He was confirmed by the Senate on October 21, 1966 and received his commission on November 3, 1966, with Judge Herbert N. Maletz succeeding him on the Customs Court. On October 1, 1982, he was transferred by operation of law to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He took senior status on October 1, 1983 and remained in that status until his death. He was succeeded by Judge Pauline Newman.

Death[edit]

Nichols died on January 26, 1990, in Washington, D.C.

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