Robert Earl Maxwell

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Robert Earl Maxwell (March 15, 1924 – November 20, 2010) was a United States federal judge.

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Maxwell received an LL.B. from West Virginia University College of Law in 1949. He was in private practice in Randolph County, West Virginia in 1949. He was a Prosecuting attorney of Elkins, West Virginia from 1953 to 1961. He was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia from 1961 to 1964.

On July 19, 1965, Maxwell was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia vacated by Charles F. Paul. Maxwell was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 11, 1965, and received his commission the same day. He served as chief judge from 1965 to 1994, and assumed senior status on July 19, 1995.