Edward James Devitt (May 5, 1911 – March 2, 1992) was a United States Representative from Minnesota and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota|
May 1, 1981 – March 2, 1992
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota|
|Preceded by||Gunnar Nordbye|
|Succeeded by||Miles Lord|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota|
December 10, 1954 – May 1, 1981
|Appointed by||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Preceded by||Matthew M. Joyce|
|Succeeded by||Paul A. Magnuson|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Minnesota's 4th district
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
|Preceded by||Frank Starkey|
|Succeeded by||Eugene McCarthy|
Edward James Devitt
May 5, 1911
Saint Paul, Minnesota
|Died||March 2, 1992 (aged 80)|
Saint Paul, Minnesota
|Education||University of North Dakota (B.S.)|
University of North Dakota School of Law (LL.B.)
Education and careerEdit
Born in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, Devitt graduated from St. John's College Preparatory High School in Collegeville, Minnesota in 1930, and attended St. John's University from 1930 to 1932 before receiving a Bachelor of Laws from the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1935, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Dakota in 1938. Devitt was in private practice in East Grand Fords, Minnesota from 1935 to 1939, serving at the same time as a municipal judge of the Minnesota Municipal Court in East Grand Forks. He was an assistant state attorney general of Minnesota from 1939 to 1942. He served in the United States Naval Reserve during World War II as a Lieutenant Commander from 1942 to 1946.
Devitt was elected as a Republican to the 80th congress (January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949). He was unsuccessful in his bid for reelection to the 81st congress in 1948. Following his departure from Congress, he returned to private practice in Saint Paul from 1949 to 1950. He then served as a Judge of the Minnesota Probate Court for Ramsey County, Minnesota from 1950 to 1954.
Federal judicial serviceEdit
On December 10, 1954, Devitt received a recess appointment from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota vacated by Judge Matthew M. Joyce. Formally nominated to the same seat by President Eisenhower on January 10, 1955, Devitt was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 4, 1955, and received his commission on February 7, 1955. He served as Chief Judge from 1959 to 1981, assuming senior status on May 1, 1981. He served as a Board Member of the Federal Judicial Center from 1968 to 1971. He served as a Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 1985 to 1992. Devitt remained in senior status until his death, in Saint Paul on March 2, 1992.
The American Judicature Society has awarded the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award each year since 1983 to an Article III judge. The first recipient was Albert Branson Maris.
- United States Congress. "Edward Devitt (id: D000280)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Edward James Devitt at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- American Judicature Society awards page
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| United States Representative from Minnesota's 4th congressional district
Matthew M. Joyce
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
Paul A. Magnuson
| Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota