Jean Sala Breitenstein

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Jean Sala Breitenstein (July 18, 1900 – January 30, 1986) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Keokuk, Iowa, Breitenstein was in the United States Army towards the end of World War I, in 1918, and thereafter received an A.B. from the University of Colorado in 1922 and an LL.B. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1924. He was an Assistant state attorney general of Colorado from 1925 to 1929. and an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of the Colorado from 1930 to 1933. He was in private practice in Denver, Colorado from 1933 to 1954.

On April 6, 1954, Breitenstein was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado created by 68 Stat. 8. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 23, 1954, and received his commission on April 27, 1954.

On June 5, 1957, Eisenhower nominated Breitenstein for elevation to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit vacated by Walter August Huxman. Breitenstein was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 26, 1957, and received his commission on June 27, 1957. He assumed senior status on July 31, 1970, serving in that capacity until his death.

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