Edward Allen Tamm

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Edward Allen Tamm (April 21, 1906 - September 22, 1985) was a United States federal judge.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Tamm earned an LL.B. from the Georgetown University Law School in 1930. From 1930 to 1948 he was deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Tamm's younger brother Quinn Tamm also served as an FBI officer.

He received a recess appointment to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia from President Harry S Truman on June 22, 1948, to a seat vacated by James M. Proctor. Tamm was formally nominated to the seat on January 13, 1949, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 29, 1949, and received his commission on April 1, 1949. On March 1, 1965, he was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which had been vacated by Walter M. Bastian. Tamm's elevation was confirmed by the Senate on March 11, 1965, and he received his commission that day. After his elevation, Tamm earned a J.S.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1971. He remained on the bench until his death. He was married with a wife, son and daughter, brother, and nine grandchildren.


Legal offices
Preceded by
James M. Proctor
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
April 1, 1949 – March 16, 1965
Succeeded by
Oliver Gasch
Preceded by
Walter M. Bastian
Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
March 11, 1965 – September 22, 1985
Succeeded by
James L. Buckley