Ben Clarkson Connally

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Ben Clarkson Connally (December 28, 1909 – December 2, 1975) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Marlin, Texas, Connally received a B.A. from University of Texas in 1930, an LL.B. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1933, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1934. He was in private practice in Houston, Texas from 1934 to 1942. He was in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, from 1942 to 1945. He returned to private practice in Houston until 1949.

On September 23, 1949, Connally was nominated by President Harry S Truman to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas created by 63 Stat. 493. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 12, 1949, and received his commission on October 13, 1949. He served as chief judge from 1962–1974, assuming senior status on December 28, 1974, and remaining in that status until his death.


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