William Lynn Parkinson

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William Lynn Parkinson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
In office
August 26, 1957 – October 26, 1959
Appointed byDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byHardress Nathaniel Swaim
Succeeded byRoger Kiley
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
In office
August 6, 1954 – September 9, 1957
Appointed byDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded bySeat established by 68 Stat. 8
Succeeded byRobert A. Grant
Personal details
BornWilliam Lynn Parkinson
(1902-09-18)September 18, 1902
Attica, Indiana
DiedOctober 26, 1959(1959-10-26) (aged 57)
Educationread law

William Lynn Parkinson (September 18, 1902 – October 26, 1959) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and previously was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Attica, Indiana, Parkinson read law to enter the bar in 1923. He was in private practice in Lafayette, Indiana from 1923 to 1937. He was a Judge of the Indiana Circuit Court for the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit from 1937 to 1954.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Parkinson was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 2, 1954, to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, to a new seat authorized by 68 Stat. 8. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 6, 1954, and received his commission on August 6, 1954. His service terminated on September 9, 1957, due to his elevation to the Seventh Circuit.[1]

Parkinson was nominated by President Eisenhower on August 21, 1957, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated by Judge Hardress Nathan Swaim. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 22, 1957, and received his commission on August 26, 1957. His service terminated on October 26, 1959, due to his death.[1]

Death[edit]

Parkinson disappeared on October 26, 1959, under mysterious circumstances while returning to his apartment from his Chicago, Illinois, judicial office. Witnesses who saw him shortly before his disappearance indicated that he appeared to be ill. He disappeared in the immediate area of Lake Michigan. His hat, sunglasses and umbrella were later found on the lake shore. His body was found six months later on April 24, 1960, in the water one half mile from where he disappeared and was positively identified. The cause of death was determined to be drowning. An inquest on May 2, 1960, indicated his death was under mysterious circumstances and did not rule out either natural death or foul play.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c William Lynn Parkinson at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ Baker, Susan P. (24 January 2018). "Murdered Judges: Of the 20th Century and Other Mysterious Deaths". Susan Baker – via Google Books.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 68 Stat. 8
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
1954–1957
Succeeded by
Robert A. Grant
Preceded by
Hardress Nathaniel Swaim
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
1957–1959
Succeeded by
Roger Kiley