Rhydon Mays Call

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Rhydon Mays Call (January 13, 1858 – December 15, 1927) was an American lawyer and judge.

Call was born in Fernandina, Florida, to George William and Sarah (Stark) Call. His father was a lawyer (brother of Florida U.S. Senator Wilkinson Call) who served in the 2d Florida Regiment of the Confederate States Army during the Civil War and was killed at the Battle of Seven Pines. Rhydon Call's mother was the daughter of Rydon G. Mays, an Edgefield, South Carolina physician and planter. Florida governor Richard Keith Call was Rhydon Call's great uncle.

He graduated from the Washington and Lee University with a LL.B. in 1878.In July 1878 he was admitted to the bar in Virginia. Call was in private practice in Jacksonville from 1881 to 1893. He served as a judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit from June 1893 to 1913.

President Woodrow Wilson nominated Call on March 28, 1913, to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, to the seat vacated by John Moses Cheney. Officially nominated on April 12, 1913, Call was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 24, 1913, and received commission on April 24, 1913.

Call served on the court until his death in 1927. He is interred at St. Nicholas Cemetery in Jacksonville.


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Preceded by
John Moses Cheney
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Succeeded by
Halsted L. Ritter