Robert Morton Duncan

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Robert Morton Duncan
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
In office
June 20, 1974 – April 15, 1985
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Carl Andrew Weinman
Succeeded by James L. Graham
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
In office
1971–1974
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
January 2, 1969 – November 26, 1971
Appointed by Jim Rhodes
Preceded by Paul W. Brown
Succeeded by Lloyd O. Brown
Personal details
Born (1927-08-24)August 24, 1927[1]
Urbana, Ohio
Died November 2, 2012(2012-11-02) (aged 85)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Shirley Duncan
Children three
Alma mater Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Law
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1952 to 1956
Battles/wars Korean War

Robert Morton Duncan (August 24, 1927 – November 2, 2012) was a United States federal judge.[2]

Born in Urbana, Ohio, Duncan received a B.S. from Ohio State University in 1948 and a J.D. from Ohio State University College of Law in 1952.

Duncan served in the United States Army in Korea 1952 to 1956.[3]

He was an attorney examiner for the Ohio Bureau of Workmen's Compensation from 1959 to 1960, and a city prosecutor for Columbus, Ohio from 1960 to 1963. He was a chief counsel to the state attorney general of Ohio from 1963 to 1966. He was a judge on the Franklin County, Ohio Municipal Court from 1966 to 1968. He was a Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court from 1968 to 1971.

In 1971, President Richard M. Nixon appointed Duncan to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF), where he served until 1974. On May 1, 1974, President Nixon nominated Duncan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, vacated by Carl Andrew Weinman. Duncan was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 13, 1974, and received his commission on June 20, 1974. He resigned on April 15, 1985. He joined Jones Day Reavis & Pogue.[3]

Robert Morton Duncan was the first African-American elected to judicial office in Franklin County, Ohio, the first to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court, the first to serve on the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, and the first appointed to the federal bench in Ohio.[3]

Duncan married his wife Shirley in 1955. They have three children.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Obituary
  3. ^ a b c d "Robert Morton Duncan". The Supreme Court of Ohio & The Ohio Judicial System. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Carl Andrew Weinman
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
1974–1985
Succeeded by
James L. Graham