Benjamin Franklin Bledsoe

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Benjamin Franklin Bledsoe (February 8, 1874 – October 30, 1938) was a United States federal judge.

Born in San Bernardino, California, Bledsoe received an A.B. from Stanford University in 1896, and read law to enter the bar. He was in private practice in San Bernardino from 1896 to 1910. He was a judge on the California Superior Court from 1900 to 1914.

On September 30, 1914, Bledsoe was nominated by President Woodrow Wilson to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California created by 38 Stat. 580. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 16, 1914, and received his commission the same day. He resigned on March 24, 1925, to run for Mayor of Los Angeles, but was unsuccessful in that bid. He returned to private practice, in Los Angeles, California from 1925 until his death, in 1938, in Crestline, California.