Robert Nugen Wilkin

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Robert Nugen Wilkin
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
In office
June 3, 1939 – August 31, 1949
Appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by Samuel H. West
Succeeded by Charles Joseph McNamee
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
April 10, 1934 – November, 1934
Appointed by George White
Preceded by Florence E. Allen
Succeeded by William L. Hart
Personal details
Born (1886-05-04)May 4, 1886
New Philadelphia, Ohio
Died February 23, 1973(1973-02-23) (aged 86)
Cleveland, Ohio
Resting place Maple Grove Cemetery, New Philadelphia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Norma Fertig
Children one daughter
Alma mater University of Virginia School of Law

Robert Nugen Wilkin (May 4, 1886 – February 23, 1973) was a United States federal judge.

Born in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Wilkin received an LL.B. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1908. He was in private practice in New Philadelphia, Ohio from 1908 with his brother, David R., and his father, J. Foster Wilkin, under the name Wilkin and Wilkin. In 1912, his brother moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and his father was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court, and he continued the firm as Wilkin and Fernsell[1] He was a member of the Judicial Council of Ohio from 1932 to 1933. He was a judge on the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1934. He was counsel to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District in Ohio from 1935 to 1939.

On May 19, 1939, Wilkin was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio vacated by Samuel H. West. Wilkin was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 1, 1939, and received his commission on June 3, 1939. He assumed senior status on August 31, 1949, serving in that capacity until his death, in 1973. He died at Cleveland, and was buried at the Wilkin family mausoleum at Maple Grove Cemetery in New Philadelphia.[2]

Wilkin was a Mason, an Elks Lodge member, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Phi Delta Phi, and a Presbyterian Church member. In 1911 he married Norma Fertig of Dover, Ohio, and their only child, a daughter born in 1912, died in 1918.[1]


  1. ^ a b Fess, Simeon D., ed. (1937). Ohio, A four volume reference library on the History of a Great State. 5, Supplementary Biographical. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 30–31. OCLC 418516. 
  2. ^ The Supreme Court of Ohio and The Ohio Judicial System - Robert Nugen Wilkin


Legal offices
Preceded by
Samuel H. West
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Succeeded by
Charles Joseph McNamee