Walter Maximillian Bastian

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Walter Maximillian Bastian
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
March 16, 1965 – March 12, 1975
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
September 20, 1954 – March 16, 1965
Appointed byDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byBennett Champ Clark
Succeeded byEdward Allen Tamm
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
In office
October 23, 1950 – December 15, 1954
Appointed byHarry S. Truman
Preceded byThomas Jennings Bailey
Succeeded byJoseph Charles McGarraghy
Personal details
BornWalter Maximillian Bastian
(1891-11-16)November 16, 1891
Washington, D.C.
DiedMarch 12, 1975(1975-03-12) (aged 83)
EducationGeorgetown Law (LL.B.)

Walter Maximillian Bastian (November 16, 1891 – March 12, 1975) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and previously was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Washington, D.C., Bastian received a Bachelor of Laws from Georgetown Law in 1913. He served as a first lieutenant in chemical warfare service of the United States Army during World War I. He was in private practice in Washington, D.C., from 1915 to 1950. He was a lecturer at the National University School of Law from 1918 to 1948.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Bastian received a recess appointment from President Harry S. Truman on October 23, 1950, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated by Judge Thomas Jennings Bailey. He was nominated to the same position by President Truman on November 27, 1950. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 14, 1950, and received his commission on December 22, 1950. His service terminated on December 15, 1954, due to his elevation to the District of Columbia Circuit.[1]

Bastian received a recess appointment from President Dwight D. Eisenhower on September 20, 1954, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated by Judge Bennett Champ Clark. He was nominated to the same position by President Eisenhower on November 8, 1954. He was confirmed by the Senate on December 2, 1954, and received his commission the next day. He assumed senior status on March 16, 1965. His service terminated on March 12, 1975, due to his death.[1]

Other service[edit]

Bastian served as President of the Board of Directors of the National Conference on Citizenship in 1960.[citation needed]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas Jennings Bailey
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
1950–1954
Succeeded by
Joseph Charles McGarraghy
Preceded by
Bennett Champ Clark
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
1954–1965
Succeeded by
Edward Allen Tamm