Claude Feemster Clayton

Claude Feemster Clayton (August 4, 1909 – July 4, 1969) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and previously was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.

Claude Feemster Clayton
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
In office
October 27, 1967 – July 4, 1969
Appointed byLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded bySeat established by 80 Stat. 75
Succeeded byCharles Clark
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.
In office
1966–1967
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byWilliam Colbert Keady
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.
In office
March 12, 1958 – November 23, 1967
Appointed byDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byElijah Allen Cox
Succeeded byOrma Rinehart Smith
Personal details
Born
Claude Feemster Clayton

(1909-08-04)August 4, 1909
Tupelo, Mississippi
DiedJuly 4, 1969(1969-07-04) (aged 59)
EducationUniversity of Mississippi School of Law (LL.B.)

Education and careerEdit

Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Clayton received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1931. He was in private practice in Tupelo from 1931 to 1935, and was a prosecuting attorney for Lee County, Mississippi, from 1935 to 1938. He was a Circuit Judge of the First Circuit Court District of Mississippi from 1938 to 1942. He was in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945, returning to private practice in Tupelo from 1945 to 1958. He was the Tupelo city attorney from 1949 to 1953.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On February 24, 1958, Clayton was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi vacated by Judge Elijah Allen Cox. Clayton was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 4, 1958, and received his commission on March 12, 1958. He served as Chief Judge from 1966 to 1967. Clayton's service was terminated on November 23, 1967, due to elevation to the Fifth Circuit.[1]

On October 16, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Clayton to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit created by 80 Stat. 75. He was confirmed by the Senate on October 26, 1967, and received his commission the following day. He served until his death on July 4, 1969.[1]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Elijah Allen Cox
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
1958–1967
Succeeded by
Orma Rinehart Smith
Preceded by
Office established
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
1966–1967
Succeeded by
William Colbert Keady
Preceded by
Seat established by 80 Stat. 75
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
1967–1969
Succeeded by
Charles Clark