Harold Montelle Stephens

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Harold Montelle Stephens
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
September 1, 1948 – May 28, 1955
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byHenry White Edgerton
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
September 1, 1948 – May 28, 1955
Appointed byoperation of law
Preceded bySeat established by 69 Stat. 869
Succeeded byWarren E. Burger
Chief Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
In office
March 5, 1948 – September 1, 1948
Appointed byHarry S. Truman
Preceded byDuncan Lawrence Groner
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Associate Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
In office
July 27, 1935 – March 9, 1948
Appointed byFranklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded byWilliam Hitz
Succeeded byJames McPherson Proctor
Personal details
Born
Harold Montelle Stephens

(1886-03-06)March 6, 1886
Crete, Nebraska
DiedMay 28, 1955(1955-05-28) (aged 69)
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
Cornell University (A.B.)
Harvard Law School (LL.B., S.J.D.)

Harold Montelle Stephens (March 6, 1886 – May 28, 1955) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Crete, Nebraska, Stephens attended the University of California, Berkeley and received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Cornell University in 1909. In 1913, he received a Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School, from which he would go on to receive a Doctor of Juridical Science in 1932. He entered private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1912. He worked as a prosecutor in Salt Lake County, Utah from 1915 until 1917, when he was appointed to a seat on the Third Judicial District Court of Utah. He returned to his private practice in 1921, relocating to Los Angeles, California in 1928.[1] In 1933, he moved to Washington, D.C. to become the first Assistant Attorney General in charge of the newly established Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice.[2] He was Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States in 1935.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Stephens was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on July 23, 1935, to an Associate Justice seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from June 25, 1948) vacated by Associate Justice William Hitz. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 24, 1935, and received his commission on July 27, 1935. His service terminated on March 9, 1948, due to appointment as Chief Justice of the same court.[1]

Stephens was nominated by President Harry S. Truman on February 2, 1948, to the Chief Justice seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated by Judge Duncan Lawrence Groner. He was confirmed by the Senate on March 2, 1948, and received his commission on March 5, 1948. Stephens was reassigned by operation of law to the newly renamed United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on September 1, 1948, to a new Judge seat authorized by 62 Stat. 869. He served as Chief Judge and as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1948 to 1955. His service terminated on May 28, 1955, due to his death.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Harold Montelle Stephens at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ "History of the Antitrust Division". www.justice.gov. 25 June 2015.

Sources[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
William Hitz
Associate Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
1935–1948
Succeeded by
James McPherson Proctor
Preceded by
Duncan Lawrence Groner
Chief Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
1948
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat established by 62 Stat. 689
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
1948–1955
Succeeded by
Warren E. Burger
Preceded by
Office established
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
1948–1955
Succeeded by
Henry White Edgerton