James Fleming Gordon

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James Fleming Gordon
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
In office
January 1, 1976 – February 9, 1990
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
In office
1969–1976
Preceded byHenry Luesing Brooks
Succeeded byClifton Rhodes Bratcher
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
In office
July 23, 1965 – January 1, 1976
Appointed byLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byRoy Mahlon Shelbourne
Succeeded byEdward Huggins Johnstone
Personal details
Born
James Fleming Gordon

(1918-05-18)May 18, 1918
Madisonville, Kentucky
DiedFebruary 9, 1990(1990-02-09) (aged 71)
EducationUniversity of Kentucky College of Law (LL.B.)

James Fleming Gordon (May 18, 1918 – February 9, 1990) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Madisonville, Kentucky, Gordon received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1941. He was in private practice in Madisonville from 1941 to 1942, serving in the United States Army during World War II, from 1942 to 1945. He returned to private practice from 1945 to 1965, also serving as a campaign chairman for Kentucky Democratic Party in 1955, and as chairman of the Kentucky Public Service Commission from 1956 to 1960. He was a special counsel to the Governor of Kentucky in 1965, and speakers chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party in 1966.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On June 24, 1965, Gordon was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky vacated by Judge Roy Mahlon Shelbourne. Gordon was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 22, 1965, and received his commission on July 23, 1965. He served as Chief Judge from 1969 to 1976, assuming senior status due to a certified disability on January 1, 1976 and serving in that capacity until his death on February 9, 1990.[1]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Roy Mahlon Shelbourne
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
1965–1976
Succeeded by
Edward Huggins Johnstone
Preceded by
Henry Luesing Brooks
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
1969–1976
Succeeded by
Clifton Rhodes Bratcher