Carl E. McGowan

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Carl E. McGowan
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
March 27, 1963 – August 31, 1981
Appointed by John F. Kennedy
Preceded by Henry White Edgerton
Succeeded by Robert Bork
Personal details
Born (1911-05-07)May 7, 1911
Hymera, Indiana
Died December 21, 1987(1987-12-21) (aged 76)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic

Carl E. McGowan (May 7, 1911 – December 21, 1987) was a United States federal judge.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Hymera, Indiana, McGowan received an A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1932 and an LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1936. He was in private practice in New York City from 1936 to 1939. He was a member of the faculty of Northwestern Law School from 1939 to 1942. He was a U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II, from 1942 to 1945, returning to private practice in Washington, D.C. from 1946 to 1948, and to the Northwestern Law School faculty from 1948 to 1949. He was a counsel to the Governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953, taking up private practice in Chicago, Illinois from 1953 to 1963, including service as general counsel to the Chicago and North Western Railway from 1957 to 1963.

On January 15, 1963, McGowan was nominated by President John F. Kennedy to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated by Henry W. Edgerton. McGowan was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 15, 1963, and received his commission on March 27, 1963. He served as chief judge from January to May of 1981, assuming senior status on August 31, 1981. McGowan served in that capacity until his death, on December 21, 1987, in Washington, D.C.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Henry W. Edgerton
Judge of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Succeeded by
Robert Bork