John Lowell (judge, 1865–1884)

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John Lowell
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Judge of the United States Circuit Court for the First Circuit
In office
December 18, 1878 – May 1, 1884
Appointed by Rutherford Hayes
Preceded by George Shepley
Succeeded by LeBaron Colt
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
In office
March 11, 1865 – December 18, 1878
Appointed by Abraham Lincoln
Preceded by Peleg Sprague
Succeeded by Thomas Nelson
Personal details
Born (1824-10-18)October 18, 1824
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died May 14, 1897(1897-05-14) (aged 72)
Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Harvard University (BA, LLB)

John Lowell (October 18, 1824 – May 14, 1897) was a United States federal judge from Boston, Massachusetts. He was appointed to separate judgeships by Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Rutherford B. Hayes.

Family[edit]

Boston-born Lowell was the son of John Amory Lowell (1798–1881), the philanthropist, and his wife Susan Cabot Lowell (1801–1827). His parents were first cousins, both having as their paternal grandfather, Judge John Lowell (1743–1802).

Career[edit]

Portrait of Lowell by William Morris Hunt, 1872

Lowell received an A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1843, and received an LL.B. degree from there in 1845. He was in private practice in Boston from 1846 to 1865, also working as an editor of the Monthly Law Reporter from 1856 to 1860. On March 11, 1865, Lowell was nominated by President Abraham Lincoln to a seat on the U.S. District Court vacated by Peleg Sprague. Lowell was confirmed by the United States Senate on the same day, and immediately received his commission. On December 16, 1878 he was nominated by President Rutherford B. Hayes to the U.S. Circuit Court to a seat vacated by George Foster Shepley. The Senate confirmed Lowell, and his commission issued, on December 18, 1878. Lowell resigned on May 1, 1884, returning to private practice in Boston until his death in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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