Alexander Akerman

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Alexander Akerman
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
In office
October 8, 1939 – August 21, 1948
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
In office
February 15, 1929 – October 8, 1939
Appointed by Calvin Coolidge
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by William Julius Barker
Personal details
Born (1869-10-09)October 9, 1869
Elberton, Georgia
Died August 21, 1948(1948-08-21) (aged 78)
Alma mater Read law
Profession Attorney

Alexander Akerman (October 9, 1869 – August 21, 1948) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Biography[edit]

Akerman was born in 1869 in Elberton, Georgia. His father was the noted lawyer Amos T. Akerman. He read law in 1892 and entered private practice in Cartersville, Georgia the same year.

In 1898, Akerman was a Referee in Bankruptcy (a position created by the Bankruptcy Act of 1898, and the predecessor of modern bankruptcy judges) for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Akerman was Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia from 1901 to 1912 and was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia from 1912 to 1914. In 1914 Akerman relocated to Florida. He was in private practice in Kissimmee from 1914 to 1920.

In 1920, Akerman moved to Orlando and formed, with John Moses Cheney, a new law firm.[1]; Today the firm is known as Akerman LLP and is one of the largest firms in Florida.

District Court service[edit]

President Calvin Coolidge nominated Akerman to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on January 19, 1929, to a new seat created by 45 Stat. 1081. Confirmed by the Senate on February 15, 1929, he received commission the same day.

Akerman assumed senior status on October 8, 1939. He remained on the court until his death in 1948.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
1929–1939
Succeeded by
William Julius Barker