John Lowell (judge, 1865–1884)

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John Lowell
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Judge of the United States Circuit Courts for the First Circuit
In office
December 18, 1878 – May 1, 1884
Appointed byRutherford B. Hayes
Preceded byGeorge Foster Shepley
Succeeded byLeBaron Bradford Colt
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
In office
March 11, 1865 – January 9, 1879
Appointed byAbraham Lincoln
Preceded byPeleg Sprague
Succeeded byThomas Leverett Nelson
Personal details
Born
John Lowell

(1824-10-18)October 18, 1824
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedMay 14, 1897(1897-05-14) (aged 72)
Brookline, Massachusetts
EducationHarvard University (A.B.)
Harvard Law School (LL.B.)

John Lowell (October 18, 1824 – May 14, 1897) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Circuit Courts for the First Circuit and previously was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Education and career[edit]

Born on October 18, 1824, in Boston, Massachusetts, Lowell received an Artium Baccalaureus degree in 1843 from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Laws in 1845 from Harvard Law School. He entered private practice in Boston from 1846 to 1865. He was editor of the Monthly Law Reporter from 1856 to 1860.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Portrait of Lowell by William Morris Hunt, 1872

Lowell was nominated by President Abraham Lincoln on March 11, 1865, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts vacated by Judge Peleg Sprague. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 11, 1865, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on January 9, 1879, due to his elevation to the First Circuit.[1]

Lowell was nominated by President Rutherford B. Hayes on December 16, 1878, to a seat on the United States Circuit Courts for the First Circuit vacated by Judge George Foster Shepley. He was confirmed by the Senate on December 18, 1878, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on May 1, 1884, due to his resignation.[1]

Later career and death[edit]

Following his resignation from the federal bench, Lowell resumed private practice in Boston from 1884 to 1897. He died on May 14, 1897, in Brookline, Massachusetts.[1]

Family[edit]

Boston-born Lowell was the son of John Amory Lowell (1798–1881), the philanthropist, and his wife Susan Cabot Lowell (1801–1827).[citation needed] His parents were first cousins, both having as their paternal grandfather, Judge John Lowell (1743–1802).[citation needed] He was the father of James Arnold Lowell (1869-1933), and grandfather of Ralph Lowell through his eldest son John (1856–1922).[citation needed]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Peleg Sprague
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
1865–1879
Succeeded by
Thomas Leverett Nelson
Preceded by
George Foster Shepley
Judge of the United States Circuit Courts for the First Circuit
1878–1884
Succeeded by
LeBaron Bradford Colt