Duncan Lawrence Groner

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Duncan Lawrence Groner (September 6, 1873 – July 17, 1957) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Groner received a LL.D. from Washington and Lee University in 1894. He was in private practice in Norfolk, Virginia from 1894 to 1910, and from 1913 to 1921, serving as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1910 to 1913. He also served as a Delegate to every Republican National Convention from 1904 to 1920.

On May 26, 1921, Groner was nominated by President Warren G. Harding to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia vacated by Edmund Waddill, Jr.. Groner was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 2, 1921, and received his commission the same day. Groner served in that capacity until March 3, 1931, due to appointment to another judicial position.

On January 5, 1931, President Herbert Hoover nominated Groner for elevation to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit created by 46 Stat. 785. Groner was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 10, 1931, and received his commission on February 21, 1931. On November 26, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Groner for elevation to the position of Chief Justice of the D.C. Circuit, the position having been vacated by George Ewing Martin. Groner was again confirmed by the United States Senate on December 3, 1937, and received his commission on December 7, 1937. He assumed senior status on March 8, 1948, serving in that capacity until his death.

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