Herschel Whitfield Arant

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Herschel Whitfield Arant
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
In office
February 21, 1939 – January 14, 1941
Appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by new seat
Succeeded by Thomas Francis McAllister
5th Dean of Moritz College of Law
In office
Preceded by John Jay Adams
Succeeded by Arthur T. Martin
Dean of University of Kansas School of Law
In office
Personal details
Born (1887-07-18) July 18, 1887 (age 130)
Church Hill, Alabama
Died January 14, 1941
Columbus, Ohio
Alma mater Alabama, B.A.
Yale, M.A.
Yale, LL.B

Herschel Whitfield Arant (July 18, 1887 in Church Hill, Alabama – January 14, 1941 in Columbus Ohio) was a noted 20th-century U.S. legal academic and jurist.


Arant received a B.S. from the University of Alabama in 1910. He went on to receive a B.A. from Yale University in 1911, an M.A. from Yale two years later, and an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1915.

Legal career[edit]

Arant began his legal career working in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia from 1915 to 1920. He next entered academia as a professor of law at the Emory University School of Law from 1916 to 1920, and then the Yale Law School as an assistant professor from 1920 to 1922. He was then made a full professor and dean of the law school at the University of Kansas School of Law from 1922 to 1928, and then moved to hold the same positions at Ohio State University Moritz College of Law from 1928 to 1939.

On February 9, 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Arant to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 21, and received his commission on March 4. He served until his death two years later.


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Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Succeeded by
Thomas Francis McAllister