Andrew Wylie (judge)

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Andrew Wylie (February 25, 1814 - August 1, 1905) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Wylie was the eldest son of Andrew Wylie first president of Indiana University. Wylie attended Transylvania University and the University of Indiana, graduating from the latter in 1832. He read law to enter the bar in 1837, and was in private practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1837 to 1848, serving at some point on the Pittsburgh City Council and acting in 1845 as Pittsburgh city attorney. In 1848, he moved his practice to Alexandria, Virginia until about 1861, and thereafter to Washington, D.C. until 1863.

He received a recess appointment from President Abraham Lincoln on March 18, 1863, to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (then called the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia) created by 12 Stat. 762. He was formally nominated to the seat on January 5, 1864, and on January 20, 1864 he was confirmed by the United States Senate and received his commission. He retired from the bench on May 1, 1885, and resumed private practice until his death in Washington, D.C. in 1905, at the age of 91.

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Preceded by
Newly created seat
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
March 18, 1863 – May 1, 1885
Succeeded by
William Matthews Merrick