Josiah Alexander Van Orsdel

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Josiah Alexander Van Orsdel
Associate Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
In office
November 14, 1907 – August 7, 1937
Appointed byTheodore Roosevelt
Preceded byLouis E. McComas
Succeeded byJustin Miller
Associate Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court
In office
1905–1906
Preceded byJesse Knight
Succeeded byRichard H. Scott
Personal details
Born
Josiah Alexander Van Orsdel

(1860-11-17)November 17, 1860
New Bedford, Pennsylvania
DiedAugust 7, 1937(1937-08-07) (aged 76)
Washington, D.C.
EducationWestminster College (A.B.)
read law
Van Orsdel's former residence in Adams Morgan, Washington, D.C.

Josiah Alexander Van Orsdel (November 17, 1860 – August 7, 1937) was an Associate Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Education and career[edit]

Born on November 17, 1860, in New Bedford, Pennsylvania, Van Orsdel received an Artium Baccalaureus degree in 1885 from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, then read law in 1890. He was county and prosecuting attorney for Laramie County, Wyoming starting in 1892. He was a member of the Wyoming House of Representatives starting in 1894. He was the Attorney General of Wyoming from 1898 to 1905. He was an Associate Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court from 1905 to 1906. He was a United States Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice from 1906 to 1907.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Van Orsdel received a recess appointment from President Theodore Roosevelt on November 14, 1907, to an Associate Justice seat on the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia (the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from June 7, 1934, now the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit) vacated by Associate Justice Louis E. McComas. He was nominated to the same position by President Roosevelt on December 3, 1907. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 12, 1907, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on August 7, 1937, due to his death.[1]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Jesse Knight
Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court
1905–1906
Succeeded by
Richard H. Scott
Preceded by
Louis E. McComas
Associate Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
1907–1937
Succeeded by
Justin Miller