Walter Thomas McGovern

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Walter Thomas McGovern
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Assumed office
September 30, 1987
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
In office
1975–1987
Preceded byWilliam Nelson Goodwin
Succeeded byBarbara Jacobs Rothstein
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
In office
April 23, 1971 – September 30, 1987
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded byWilliam James Lindberg
Succeeded byThomas Samuel Zilly
Personal details
Born
Walter Thomas McGovern

(1922-05-24) May 24, 1922 (age 97)
Seattle, Washington
EducationUniversity of Washington (B.A.)
University of Washington School of Law (LL.B.)

Walter Thomas McGovern (born May 24, 1922) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Seattle, Washington, McGovern received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in 1949 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Washington School of Law in 1950. He was in private practice in Seattle from 1950 to 1959. He was a judge of the Municipal Court of Seattle from 1959 to 1965, on the King County Superior Court from 1965 to 1968, and on the Washington State Supreme Court from 1968 to 1971.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On March 29, 1971, McGovern was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington vacated by Judge William James Lindberg. McGovern was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 21, 1971, and received his commission on April 23, 1971. He served as Chief Judge from 1975 to 1987, assuming senior status on September 30, 1987.[1]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
William James Lindberg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
1971–1987
Succeeded by
Thomas Samuel Zilly
Preceded by
William Nelson Goodwin
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
1975–1987
Succeeded by
Barbara Jacobs Rothstein