|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas|
December 31, 1987 – June 4, 2006
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas|
December 1, 1970 – December 31, 1987
|Appointed by||Richard Nixon|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 84 Stat. 294|
|Succeeded by||Richard A. Schell|
William Merritt Steger|
August 22, 1920
June 4, 2006 (aged 85)|
|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
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.
Federal judicial service
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.
The William M. Steger Federal Building and United States Courthouse was named in Steger's honor.
- William Merritt Steger at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- "William M. Steger: The Campaign for Governor of Texas, 1960," by Mike Lantz. East Texas Historical Journal, pp. 50 – 61. Fall, 2004. Vol XLII - No 2.
- The Texas House of Representatives passed a memorial resolution for Judge Steger on May 14, 2007, that contained biographical information about him, see: "80(R) HCR 234 - Introduced version - Bill Text". www.legis.state.tx.us.
- Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections, Governors, 1960; U.S. House, 1962
- "Obituary at Legacy.com".
- William Steger obituary, Burks Walter Tippit Funeral Directors, Tyler, Texas
- Tyler Morning Telegraph, June 5, 2006
- "D. Bryan Hughes". mesotheliomalawfirm.com. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
Seat established by 84 Stat. 294
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Richard A. Schell