William Austin Ingram

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William Austin Ingram (July 6, 1924 – May 26, 2002) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Jeffersonville, Indiana, Ingram served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. He received an LL.B. from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1950, and was in private practice in San Francisco, California from 1951 to 1955, and in San Jose, California from 1955 to 1969. He was a deputy district attorney of Santa Clara County, California from 1955 to 1957. He served as a judge on the Municipal Court, Mountain View Judicial District, Palo Alto, California from 1969 to 1971. In 1971, Ingram was appointed to the Superior Court bench in Santa Clara County by California Governor Ronald Reagan.[1] He served there until 1976.

On June 2, 1976, Ingram was nominated by President Gerald Ford to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California vacated by Alfonso J. Zirpoli. Ingram was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 23, 1976, and received his commission the same day. He served as chief judge from 1988 to 1990, assuming senior status on November 15, 1990. Ingram served in that capacity until his death on May 26, 2002, in Menlo Park, California.


  1. ^ "Magee Judge Named". New York Times. New York, New York. June 3, 1973. p. 26. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
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Preceded by
Alfonso Zirpoli
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Succeeded by
Saundra Brown Armstrong