Irvin Charles Mollison

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Irvin Charles Mollison
Judge of the United States Customs Court
In office
October 29, 1945 – May 5, 1962
Appointed byHarry S. Truman
Preceded byThomas Joseph Walker
Succeeded byPhilip Nichols Jr.
Personal details
Irvin Charles Mollison

(1898-12-24)December 24, 1898
Vicksburg, Mississippi
DiedMay 5, 1962(1962-05-05) (aged 63)
New York City, New York
EducationUniversity of Chicago (Ph.B.)
University of Chicago Law School (J.D.)

Irvin Charles Mollison (December 24, 1898 – May 5, 1962) was a Judge of the United States Customs Court.

Education and career[edit]

Born on December 24, 1898, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Mollison received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1920 from the University of Chicago. He received a Juris Doctor in 1923 from the University of Chicago Law School. He then worked in private practice in Chicago, Illinois from 1923 to 1945.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Mollison was nominated by President Harry S. Truman on October 3, 1945, to a seat on the United States Customs Court vacated by Judge Thomas Joseph Walker. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 26, 1945, and received his commission on October 29, 1945.[1] Mollison also was the first African American to serve on the United States Customs Court. His Senate confirmation was without a single dissenting vote.[2] Mollison was initially appointed as a Judge under Article I, but the court was raised to Article III status by operation of law on July 14, 1956, and Mollison thereafter served as an Article III Judge. His service terminated on May 5, 1962, due to his death in New York City, New York.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Irvin Charles Mollison at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ "Just The Beginning Foundation, Irvin C. Mollison". Just The Beginning Foundation.


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Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas Joseph Walker
Judge of the United States Customs Court
Succeeded by
Philip Nichols Jr.