Edmund Waddill, Jr.

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Edmund Waddill, Jr.
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
In office
June 2, 1921 – April 9, 1931
Appointed by Herbert Hoover
Preceded by Jeter Connelly Pritchard
Succeeded by Morris Ames Soper
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
In office
March 22, 1898 – June 9, 1921
Appointed by William McKinley
Preceded by Robert W. Hughes
Succeeded by Duncan Lawrence Groner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd district
In office
April 12, 1890 – March 3, 1891
Preceded by George D. Wise
Succeeded by George D. Wise
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Henrico County
In office
December 2, 1885 – December 4, 1889
Preceded by Martin W. Hazlewood
Succeeded by Joseph B. Davis
United States Attorney for the
Eastern District of Virginia
In office
1883–1885
Appointed by Chester A. Arthur
Preceded by John Sergeant Wise
Personal details
Born May 22, 1855
Charles City County, Virginia
Died April 9, 1931(1931-04-09) (aged 75)
Richmond, Virginia
Resting place Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Virginia
Profession lawyer

Edmund Waddill, Jr. (May 22, 1855 – April 9, 1931) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia, and later a United States federal judge.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Charles City County, Virginia, Waddill was educated by private tutors and attended Norwood Academy. He was a deputy clerk of the courts of Charles City, New Kent, Hanover, and Henrico Counties and of the circuit court of the city of Richmond. He studied law at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville and read law in 1877 to enter the Bar, entering private practice in Hanover County, Virginia from 1877 to 1878, and in Richmond, Virginia from 1878 to 1880. He was a judge on the County Court of Henrico County, Virginia from 1880 to 1883, resigning to take the position of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1883 to 1885.

Legislative career[edit]

Waddill was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1885 until 1889. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress, but he successfully contested the election of George D. Wise to the Fifty-first Congress, serving as U.S. Representative from Virginia from April 12, 1890 to March 3, 1891. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1890, instead resuming the practice of law in Richmond, Virginia from 1891 to 1908. He served as delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1892 and 1896.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On March 10, 1898, Waddill was nominated by President William McKinley to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia vacated by Robert W. Hughes. Waddill was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 22, 1898, and received his commission the same day. On May 26, 1921, he was nominated to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated by Jeter Connelly Pritchard. Waddill was again confirmed by the United States Senate on June 2, 1921, and he received his commission the same day (although his District Court service was technically not terminated until June 9, 1921).

Waddill served on the Fourth Circuit until his death, in Richmond, Virginia. He was interred in Hollywood Cemetery.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert W. Hughes
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
1898–1921
Succeeded by
Duncan Lawrence Groner
Preceded by
Jeter Connelly Pritchard
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
1921–1931
Succeeded by
Morris Ames Soper
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George D. Wise
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd congressional district

1890–1891
Succeeded by
George D. Wise