Ralph E. Jenney

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Ralph E. Jenney
Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
In office
July 3, 1937 – July 13, 1945
Nominated by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by Albert L. Stephens
Succeeded by William Carey Mathes
Personal details
Born February 20, 1883
Detroit, Michigan
Died July 13, 1945(1945-07-13) (aged 62)
Alma mater University of Michigan

Ralph Edward Jenney (February 20, 1883 – July 13, 1945) was a United States federal judge and attorney. A native of Michigan, he practiced law in Oregon before moving to California where he continued in private legal practice. There he became a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Early life[edit]

Ralph Edward Jenney was born on February 20, 1883, in Detroit, Michigan, to Royal A. and Caliphernia (née Hoxsey) Jenney.[1] In 1900, he graduated from high school at Ann Arbor High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[1] He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1904 followed by a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1906.[1]

Legal career[edit]

Jenney was admitted to the bar in Michigan in 1906 and moved to Oregon in 1908.[1] That year he was admitted to the Oregon bar and entered private legal practice in Portland where he remained until 1912.[1][2] He was in private practice of law in San Diego, California, from 1912 to 1937.[2]

On June 23, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Jenney to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California to replace Albert L. Stephens who had been elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[2] Jenny was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 29, 1937, and received his commission on July 3, 1937.[2] Ralph Jenney died on July 13, 1945, and the age of 62.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Colmer, Montagu, and Charles Erskine Scott Wood. 1910. History of the Bench and Bar of Oregon. Portland, Or: Historical Pub. Co. p. 161.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ralph E. Jenney". Biographical Directory of Federal Judges. Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 2009-04-09.