William Hawley Atwell

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William Hawley Atwell
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
In office
December 31, 1954 – December 22, 1961
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
In office
1948–1954
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byThomas Whitfield Davidson
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
In office
January 9, 1923 – December 31, 1954
Appointed byWarren G. Harding
Preceded bySeat established 42 Stat. 837
Succeeded byJoe Ewing Estes
Personal details
Born
William Hawley Atwell

(1869-06-09)June 9, 1869
Sparta, Wisconsin
DiedDecember 22, 1961(1961-12-22) (aged 92)
EducationSouthwestern University
(A.B., B.S.)
University of Texas School of Law (LL.B.)

William Hawley Atwell (June 9, 1869 – December 22, 1961) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Sparta, Wisconsin, Atwell received an Artium Baccalaureus degree and Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern University in 1889, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Texas School of Law 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.[1] Atwell also served as the first commissioner for the Dallas Zoo, a position he held from 1912 to 1914.[2][3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

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 on December 22, 1961.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b William Hawley Atwell at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ Mr. Atwell Appointed Zoo Commissioner. The Dallas Morning News, 7 January 1912. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  3. ^ Resigns As Zoo Commissioner. The Dallas Morning News, 20 May 1914. Retrieved 2016-08-23.

Sources[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 42 Stat. 837
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
1923–1954
Succeeded by
Joe Ewing Estes
Preceded by
Office established
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
1948–1954
Succeeded by
Thomas Whitfield Davidson