Maurice Neil Andrews

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Maurice Neil Andrews (December 24, 1894 – August 31, 1967) was a United States federal judge.

Andrews was born in LaFayette, Georgia. He received an LL.B. from the University of Georgia in 1916 and immediately returned to his native city to enter private practice. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Army during World War I from 1917 to 1919, and then returned to private practice until 1925.

He was an assistant solicitor general of the Rome, Georgia Circuit from 1925 to 1929, and was then named solicitor general of that circuit, where he served until 1932.

From 1934 to 1938 Andrews was an assistant U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Georgia. During this time, from 1925 to 1935, he was a captain in the United States Army Reserves, J.A.G. He was a special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States in the Antitrust Division from 1940 to 1942, and was at the same time chief of the Trial Section, Criminal Division. He was a U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1942 to 1946, and served as a staff member of Justice Robert H. Jackson during prosecution of war criminals in the Nuremberg Trials in Germany.

On October 21, 1949, Andrews received a recess appointment from President Truman to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia created by 63 Stat. 493. He was formally nominated on January 5, 1950, but he resigned on October 31, 1950, prior to the United States Senate taking action on the nomination. He served as chief judge throughout his time on the court.

He lived with his Wife, Foy Rhyne Andrews, at the Rhyne homeplace on South Cherokee Street in LaFayette, GA. His stories about the post World War I trials of Nazi officials were fascinating. He and Foy were beloved neighbors and fine, proud U.S. citizens.

He died in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Succeeded by
William Boyd Sloan