William Hawley Atwell

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William Hawley Atwell (June 9, 1869 – December 22, 1961) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Sparta, Wisconsin, Atwell received an A.B. and B.S. from Southwestern University in 1889, and an LL.B. from the University of Texas in 1891. He was in private practice in Dallas, Texas, from 1891 to 1898. He was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas from 1898 to 1913, thereafter returning to private practice in Dallas until 1924. Atwell also served as the first commissioner for the Dallas Zoo, a position he held from 1912 to 1914.[1][2]

On December 30, 1922, Atwell was nominated by President Warren G. Harding to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas created by 42 Stat. 837. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 9, 1923, and received his commission the same day. He served as chief judge from 1948 to 1954, assuming senior status on December 31, 1954. Atwell continued to serve in that capacity until his death, in 1961.

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  1. ^ Mr. Atwell Appointed Zoo Commissioner. The Dallas Morning News, 7 January 1912. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  2. ^ Resigns As Zoo Commissioner. The Dallas Morning News, 20 May 1914. Retrieved 2016-08-23.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
1923–1954
Succeeded by
Joe Ewing Estes