Wendell Phillips Stafford

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Wendell Phillips Stafford, circa 1907

Wendell Phillips Stafford (May 1, 1861 – April 21, 1953) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Barre, Vermont, Stafford received an LL.B. from Boston University in 1883 and went into private practice in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.[1]

He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1892. He was a Reporter of Decisions for the Supreme Court of Vermont from 1896 to 1900. He was a judge on the Supreme Court of Vermont from 1900 to 1904.[2]

Stafford was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He received a recess appointment from President Theodore Roosevelt on June 1, 1904, to a seat vacated by Jeter C. Pritchard. He was formally nominated on December 6, 1904, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 13, 1904, and received his commission the same day.[3][4][5]

He became a Professor at George Washington University in 1908.[6]

Stafford served on the bench until retiring on May 4, 1931.[7]

Wendell Phillips Stafford was also a poet, and his published works include: North Flowers (1902); Dorian Days (1909); and The Land We Love (1916).[8][9][10]

Phillips died at his home in Washington, D.C. on April 21, 1953.[11] He was buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.[12]



  1. ^ The Poets' Lincoln: Tributes in Verse to the Martyred President, edited by Osborn Hamiline Oldroyd, page 236
  2. ^ The Court-House of the District of Columbia, by Francis Regis Noel and Margaret Brent Downing, 1919, page 77
  3. ^ Vermont, The Green Mountain State, by Walter Hill Crockett, Volume 4, 1921, page 373
  4. ^ Georgetown University in the District of Columbia, 1789-1907, by James Stanislaus Easby-Smith, 1907, page 275
  5. ^ Newspaper article, Protest Non-resident Judges, The Philadelphia Record, May 8, 1904
  6. ^ Catalogue of Officers and Students of Middlebury College, published by the college, 1915, page 498
  7. ^ Beacon Lights of Literature, published by Iroquois Publishing Co., Syracuse, Book 9, 1940, page 857
  8. ^ North Flowers, by Wendell Phillips Stafford, 1902, title page
  9. ^ Dorian Days, by Wendell Phillips Stafford, 1909, title page
  10. ^ The Land We Love, by Wendell Phillips Stafford, 1916, title page
  11. ^ The Journal of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, published by the association, Volume 20, 1953, page 276
  12. ^ Report of Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, published by Vermont Bar Association, 1954, page 50

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Preceded by
Jeter Connelly Pritchard
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Succeeded by
F. Dickinson Letts