Frederick William Kaess

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Frederick William Kaess (December 1, 1910 – March 30, 1979) was a United States federal judge, chief judge 1972-75 in the Eastern District of Michigan.

Frederick William Kaess was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 1, 1910, the son of Frederick Charles Kaess, Jr. and Dorothy Koch Kaess.[1] He received his early education in the public schools of Detroit, and received an LL.B. from Detroit College of Law in 1932. He was a Municipal judge, St. Clair Shores, Michigan from 1932 to 1933. He was an attorney and claims manager for the Michigan Mutual Liability Company from 1933 to 1945. He was a Deputy commissioner, Workmen's Compensation Commission, Lansing, Michigan from 1939 to 1940. He was in private practice in Detroit from 1945 to 1953. He was the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1953 to 1960.

On June 10, 1960, Kaess was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan vacated by Arthur F. Lederle. Kaess was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 2, 1960, and received his commission on July 6, 1960. He served as chief judge from 1972 to 1975, assuming senior status on December 13, 1975 and serving in that capacity until his death.


  1. ^ History of the Sixth Circuit: A Bicentennial Project. Judicial Conference of the United States. Bicentennial Committee. 1977. p. 150. 


Legal offices
Preceded by
Ralph M. Freeman
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Succeeded by
Damon Keith