George Thomas Washington

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George Thomas Washington (June 24, 1908 – August 21, 1971) was an American jurist who served as judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1949 to 1965.


Washington was born in 1908 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the son of William Morrow Washington and Janet Margaret (Thomas) Washington.[1] He was a descendant of Samuel Washington, brother of George Washington.[2]

Washington graduated from Yale University in 1928. He attended Yale Law School for a year and then studied at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, obtaining a bachelor's degree in law in 1931. He returned to Yale Law School, graduating with a LL.B degree in 1932. During World War II, Washington served as a special assistant to the United States Attorney General and then as chief representative of the Foreign Economic Administration in Iran and Iraq.[2]

In 1949 he was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by Harry Truman. He retired as a senior member of the Court in 1965.[2]

Washington died at his home in Santa Barbara, California in 1971 at the age of 63. He was survived by his wife, the former Helen Goodner.[2]


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Preceded by
New seat
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Succeeded by
Spottswood W. Robinson III