|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of North Carolina|
August 3, 1790 – October 12, 1790
|Appointed by||George Washington|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 1 Stat. 126|
|Succeeded by||John Sitgreaves|
|Born||March 20, 1756|
Colony of Virginia,
|Died||October 12, 1790(aged 34)|
John Stokes (March 20, 1756 – October 12, 1790) was a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the District of North Carolina.
Education and career
Born on March 20, 1756, in the Colony of Virginia, British America, Stokes served as a captain in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, from 1778 to 1783. He was a state's attorney for Rowan County, North Carolina in 1784. He was a teacher of law in Rowan County from 1784 to 1785. He was a member of the North Carolina Senate from Montgomery County from 1786 to 1787. He was in private practice in Rowan County starting in 1787. He was a member of the North Carolina House of Commons (now the North Carolina House of Representatives) in 1789. He was a member of the North Carolina convention to ratify the United States Constitution in 1789, which was ultimately ratified by a subsequent convention in 1790.
Federal judicial service
Stokes was nominated by President George Washington on August 2, 1790, to the United States District Court for the District of North Carolina, to a new seat authorized by 1 Stat. 126. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 3, 1790, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on October 12, 1790, due to his death.