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Fenton Whitlock Booth
Senior Judge of the Court of Claims
In office
June 15, 1939 – July 26, 1947
Chief Justice of the Court of Claims
In office
April 18, 1928 – June 15, 1939
Appointed byCalvin Coolidge
Preceded byEdward Kernan Campbell
Succeeded byRichard S. Whaley
Judge of the Court of Claims
In office
March 17, 1905 – April 23, 1928
Appointed byTheodore Roosevelt
Preceded byFrancis Marion Wright
Succeeded byNicholas J. Sinnott
Personal details
Born
Fenton Whitlock Booth

(1869-05-12)May 12, 1869
Marshall, Illinois
DiedJuly 26, 1947(1947-07-26) (aged 78)
Indianapolis, Indiana
RelativesNewton Booth
EducationDePauw University
University of Michigan Law School (LL.B.)

Fenton Whitlock Booth (May 12, 1869 – July 26, 1947) was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives and later chief justice of the Court of Claims.

Education and career[edit]

Born on May 12, 1869, in Marshall, Clark County, Illinois,[1] Booth attended DePauw University,[1] where he was a member of Delta Upsilon,[citation needed] and received a Bachelor of Laws in 1892 from the University of Michigan Law School.[1] He entered private practice in Marshall from 1892 to 1905.[1] He was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1896 to 1898.[1] He was a delegate to the 1904 Republican National Convention.[2] He was dean of Howard University Law School from 1922 to 1930.[1] He was a professor at the National University Law School (now George Washington University Law School) from 1931 to 1938.[3] He was a professor at Southeastern University in Washington, D.C.[1] He refused to accept remuneration for any of his academic service.[4] He was Chairman of Board #10 of the Office of Price Administration in Indianapolis, Indiana.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Booth was nominated by President Theodore Roosevelt on March 14, 1905, to a seat on the Court of Claims (later the United States Court of Claims) vacated by Judge Francis Marion Wright.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 17, 1905, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on April 23, 1928, due to his elevation to be Chief Justice of the same court.[1]

Booth was nominated by President Calvin Coolidge on April 18, 1928, to the Chief Justice seat on the Court of Claims vacated by Chief Justice Edward Kernan Campbell.[1] He was confirmed by the Senate on April 18, 1928, and received his commission the same day.[1] He assumed senior status on June 15, 1939.[1] His service terminated on July 26, 1947, due to his death in Indianapolis.[2]

Personal[edit]

Booth was the nephew of California political figure Newton Booth.[2] He married Mabel Dana on December 17, 1893.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Booth, Fenton Whitlock - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  2. ^ a b c d Lawrence Kestenbaum. "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Booth". politicalgraveyard.com.
  3. ^ Alfred Findlay Mason, Samuel Epes Turner, American Law School Review (1934), p. 86.
  4. ^ Marion Tinsley Bennett, Wilson Cowen, Philip Nichols, The United States Court of Claims: The Judges, 1855-1976 (1978), p. 104.

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Legal offices
Preceded by Judge of the Court of Claims
1905–1928
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chief Justice of the Court of Claims
1928–1939
Succeeded by