William D. Mitchell
William D. Mitchell
|54th United States Attorney General|
March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933
|Preceded by||John G. Sargent|
|Succeeded by||Homer Cummings|
|18th United States Solicitor General|
June 4, 1925 – March 4, 1929
|Preceded by||James M. Beck|
|Succeeded by||Charles Evans Hughes Jr.|
William DeWitt Mitchell
September 9, 1874
Winona, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||August 24, 1955 (aged 80)|
Syosset, New York, U.S.
University of Minnesota (BA, LLB)
William DeWitt Mitchell (September 9, 1874 – August 24, 1955) was an American attorney who had served as both Solicitor General of the United States under President Calvin Coolidge and United States Attorney General under President Herbert Hoover.
Early life and education
Mitchell was born in Winona, Minnesota, to William B. Mitchell, a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, and the former Frances Merritt. Mitchell originally attended Yale University where he studied electrical engineering before becoming interested in law.
After attending Yale for two years, Mitchell transferred to the University of Minnesota, where he received his A.B. degree in 1895 and a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Afterwards, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota Law School where he received his LL.B. degree in 1896. Shortly after graduating from law school, Mitchell was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar Association and practiced law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He married the former Gertrude Bancroft on June 27, 1901. They had two sons: William and Bancroft Mitchell.
He formed the law firm of How, Taylor & Mitchell, which became prominent in the Midwest. This prestige allowed Mitchell access to both the regional council of the U.S. Railroad Administration in 1919, and then he served as chairman of the Citizens Charter Committee of St. Paul in 1922.
Combined with Mitchell's service as an infantry officer during the Spanish–American War and World War I, this placed him in position to be appointed to the position of Solicitor General of the United States. Having served well in his position, President Hoover appointed him Attorney General of the United States from March 4, 1929, and he held that office until March 4, 1933, one of his principal acts having been to order the Bonus Army dispersed and their camp destroyed.
Mitchell then settled in New York City where he practiced law. He was named chairman of the Committee on Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and chief counsel of the joint congressional committee investigating the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Mitchell died there in Syosset, New York on August 24, 1955, at the age of 80.
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James M. Beck
| Solicitor General
Charles Evans Hughes, Jr.
John G. Sargent
| U.S. Attorney General
Served under: Herbert Hoover
Homer S. Cummings
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