Thomas Rutherford Brett
Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Brett received a B.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 1952, an LL.B. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1957, and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1971. He was a Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1954 to 1955, and was thereafter a Reserve Colonel in the United States Army JAG Corps until 1981. He was an Assistant county attorney of Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1957 to 1958, and was then in private practice in Tulsa until 1979.
On September 28, 1979, Brett was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 31, 1979, and received his commission on November 2, 1979. He served as chief judge from 1994 to 1996, assuming senior status on October 3, 1996. Brett served in that capacity until his retirement on February 1, 2003.
- 'Oklahoma Almanac 1997-1998,' Oklahoma Department of Libraries: 1997, Biographical Sketch of Thomas R. Brett, pg. 323
- Thomas Rutherford Brett at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
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