Thomas G. Nelson

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Thomas G. Nelson
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Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
November 14, 2003 (2003-11-14) – May 4, 2011 (2011-05-04)
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
October 17, 1990 (1990-10-17) – November 14, 2003 (2003-11-14)
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by J. Blaine Anderson
Succeeded by N. Randy Smith
Personal details
Born (1936-11-14)November 14, 1936
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Died May 4, 2011(2011-05-04) (aged 74)
Resting place Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, Boise
Nationality United States
Spouse(s) Sharon Cutler
(m. 1982-2011, his death)
Ella Lee McPherson
(m. 1960, divorced)
Children 2 sons
Alma mater University of Idaho
(LL.B 1962)
Profession Attorney
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Army Reserve.svg U.S. Army Reserve
Years of service 1965–1968

Thomas George Nelson (November 14, 1936 – May 4, 2011) was a United States federal judge.

Born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho,[1] Nelson graduated from Idaho Falls High School on 1955 and attended the University of Idaho in Moscow. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity,[2] and received an LL.B. from its College of Law in 1962.[1][3] Nelson served as assistant state attorney general and chief deputy state attorney general from 1963 to 1965.[1] He was in the United States Army Reserve from 1965 to 1968 and was in private practice of law in Twin Falls from 1965 to 1990.[1]

In 1990, Nelson was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President George H. W. Bush on July 18 for the seat vacated by the death of Blaine Anderson in 1988.[1] Nelson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 12 and received his commission on October 17, 1990.[1]

He was on the bench for thirteen years when he assumed senior status on November 14, 2003,[1] Nelson died at age 74 on May 4, 2011,[1][4] and is buried at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Thomas G. Nelson at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ "Delta Tau Delta". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1958. p. 311. 
  3. ^ "Bench and Bar". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1962. p. 194. 
  4. ^ Schmidt, Mitchell (2011-05-06). "Nelson, federal judge from Idaho, has died at 74". San Jose Mercury News. Associated Press. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 

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Preceded by
J. Blaine Anderson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
1990–2003
Succeeded by
N. Randy Smith