John W. Reynolds Jr.
|John W. Reynolds Jr.|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin|
October 21, 1965 – August 31, 1986
|Appointed by||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Preceded by||Kenneth Philip Grubb|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Peter Stadtmueller|
|36th Governor of Wisconsin|
January 7, 1963 – January 4, 1965
|Lieutenant||Jack B. Olson|
|Preceded by||Gaylord Nelson|
|Succeeded by||Warren P. Knowles|
|34th Attorney General of Wisconsin|
January 5, 1959 – January 7, 1963
|Preceded by||Stewart G. Honeck|
|Succeeded by||Robert W. Warren|
|Born||John Whitcome Reynolds Jr.
April 4, 1921
Green Bay, Wisconsin
|Died||January 6, 2002
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Ann Brady, 1947–1967 (her death); Jane Conway, 1971–2002 (his death)|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1942–1946|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Life and career
Reynolds was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the son of Madge (Flatley) and John W. Reynolds Sr. After serving in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946, he received a Ph.B. from the University of Wisconsin in 1946 and an LL.B. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1949. In 1947, he married Patricia Ann Brady, who preceded him in death in 1967, and in 1971 he married Jane C. Conway. Reynolds was a district director for the U.S. Office of Price Stabilization from 1951 to 1953. He then served as a U.S. Commissioner for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin from 1953 to 1958.
Reynolds opposed segregationist George Wallace in the 1964 Democratic presidential primaries who would otherwise have run unopposed, as Lyndon Johnson refused to say he was in the race. Like the other "favorite sons" who ran in Johnson's place (such as Matthew E. Welsh and Daniel Brewster), he won his state's primaries. As is required, Wisconsin delegates to the 1964 Democratic National Convention voted for Reynolds on the first ballot, then voted for Johnson.
On October 13, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to a seat vacated by Kenneth P. Grubb. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 21, 1965 and received his commission the same day. He served as chief judge from 1971 to 1986. As a judge, he ordered the desegregation of Milwaukee's schools in 1976. Reynolds assumed senior status on August 31, 1986, and served until his death.
- "Former Wisconsin Officer Succumbs". The Rhinelander Daily News. February 5, 1958. p. 1. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "This Town Was Built Segregated". Wisconsin State Journal. February 29, 1976. p. 35. Retrieved April 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Reynolds, John W. 1921. Wisconsinhistory.org. Retrieved on January 22, 2016.
- John W. Reynolds Jr. at Find a Grave
- John W. Reynolds Jr. at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Stewart G. Honeck
|Attorney General of Wisconsin
|Governor of Wisconsin
Warren P. Knowles
Kenneth Philip Grubb
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Joseph Peter Stadtmueller