William Steger

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William Steger
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
In office
December 31, 1987 – June 4, 2006
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
In office
December 1, 1970 – December 31, 1987
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Seat established by 84 Stat. 294
Succeeded by Richard A. Schell
Personal details
Born William Merritt Steger
(1920-08-22)August 22, 1920
Dallas, Texas
Died June 4, 2006(2006-06-04) (aged 85)
Tyler, Texas
Political party Republican
Education Dedman School of Law (LL.B.)

William Merritt Steger (August 22, 1920 – June 4, 2006) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Education and career[edit]

Born on August 22, 1920, in Dallas, Texas, Steger received a Bachelor of Laws from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in 1950. He was in the United States Army Air Corps as a Captain from 1942 to 1947. He was in private practice of law in Longview, Texas from 1951 to 1953. He was the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas from 1953 to 1959. He was in private practice of law in Tyler, Texas from 1959 to 1970. He was the Republican candidate for State Governor of Texas in 1960. He was a Republican candidate for United States House of Representatives from Texas in 1962. He was the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas from 1969 to 1970.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Steger was nominated by President Richard Nixon on October 7, 1970, to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, to a new seat created by 84 Stat. 294. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 25, 1970, and received his commission on December 1, 1970. He assumed senior status on December 31, 1987. His service was terminated on June 4, 2006, due to his death in Tyler.[1]

Honor[edit]

The federal building in Tyler, Texas, bears the name of former Judge William M. Steger.

The William M. Steger Federal Building and United States Courthouse was named in Steger's honor.[citation needed]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 84 Stat. 294
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
1970–1987
Succeeded by
Richard A. Schell