Marion Charles Matthes

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Marion Charles Matthes (January 29, 1906 – November 30, 1980) was a United States federal judge.

Born in De Soto, Missouri, Matthes attended Benton College of Law, and read law in 1928 to enter the Bar. He was in private practice in DeSoto and Hillsboro, Missouri from 1928 to 1955. He was a deputy state finance commissioner in 1929, and was a city attorney for DeSoto from 1938 to 1940. In 1942, he was elected to the Missouri State Senate, where he served until 1950. He was a member of the Missouri State Highway Commission from 1954 to 1955. Matthes also lectured at Washington University School of Law.

On February 19, 1958, Matthes was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit vacated by Charles Evans Whittaker. Matthes was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 4, 1958, and received his commission on March 12, 1958. He served as chief judge from 1970 to 1973, assuming senior status on July 14, 1973, and serving in that capacity until his death.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Charles Evans Whittaker
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Succeeded by
William H. Webster