F. Ryan Duffy

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F. Ryan Duffy
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
In office
February 2, 1949 – June 30, 1966
Appointed by Harry S. Truman
Preceded by Evan Alfred Evans
Succeeded by Thomas E. Fairchild
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
In office
September 1, 1954 – August 6, 1959
Preceded by James Earl Major
Succeeded by John S. Hastings
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
In office
June 21, 1939 – February 2, 1949
Appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by Ferdinand August Geiger
Succeeded by Robert E. Tehan
United States Senator from Wisconsin
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939
Preceded by John J. Blaine
Succeeded by Alexander Wiley
Personal details
Born Francis Ryan Duffy
(1888-06-23)June 23, 1888
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Died August 16, 1979(1979-08-16) (aged 91)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Alma mater University of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Law School

Francis Ryan Duffy (June 23, 1888 – August 16, 1979) was a Wisconsin jurist and politician who served as a United States Senator and as a federal judge. Duffy served in the Senate from 1933 to 1939, losing his seat to Alexander Wiley in the election of 1938. From 1954 to 1959, he served as chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Biography[edit]

Born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Duffy graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1910. He received his LL.B. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1912.[1] Duffy was a private practice attorney in Fond du Lac from 1912 to 1917, then seved in the United States Army from 1917 to 1919. After his return from the military, Duffy resumed the practice of law until his election to the United States Senate in 1933, as a Democrat. In his bid for reelection in 1940, Duffy was challenged by Alexander Wiley, the Republicans' 1936 nominee for Governor of Wisconsin. Wiley defeated Duffy, whom President Franklin D. Roosevelt soon nominated to fill a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin vacated by Ferdinand August Geiger. Duffy was confirmed by the Senate on June 29, 1939.

In 1949, President Harry S. Truman nominated Duffy to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit formerly held by Evan Alfred Evans. Duffy was confirmed by the Senate on January 31, 1949 and received his commission on February 2. In 1954, Duffy was designated chief judge of the court, replacing James Earl Major.[2] After the designation of John S. Hastings as chief judge in 1959, Duffy remained on the court as an active-duty judge. He did not assume senior status until 1966, and remained on the court until his death in 1979, at age 91.

Duffy is buried at the Calvary Cemetery in his birthplace, Fond du Lac.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Duffy biodata
  2. ^ "United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit" (PDF). United States Courts. 14 July 2004. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 

Sources[edit]

United States Senate
Preceded by
John J. Blaine
Class 3 U.S. Senator from Wisconsin
1933–1939
Succeeded by
Alexander Wiley
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Clarence Dill
Most Senior Living U.S. Senator
(Sitting or Former)

January 14, 1978 – August 16, 1979
Succeeded by
Elmer Benson